11 Jul 2008

Focus on reducing Maori numbers in state care

8:07 pm on 11 July 2008

Reducing the number of Maori in state care is the main aim of the Social Development Ministry's Auckland Action Plan.

The plan for 2008-09 was released on Friday as violent crime in South Auckland and associated policing issues are linked to poverty, inferior education and poverty.

Violent crime in the area is being linked to poverty, inferior education and poverty.

The plan will see case workers assigned to work with families who need a lot of help.

Social Development Minister Ruth Dyson says the services will be home-based and work across many needs in these families.

That includes reducing the number of Maori dealt with by Child, Youth and Family, more resources for teenaged parents and increased attention on parenting.