Reminder: Advocacy and Support Services for UFBA Members

  Posted on 27th August 2020 by Nick Cottrell in UFBA blog, UFBA News

Your Association has an Individual Advocacy Service available, with an established network of support volunteers across New Zealand, including an experienced Advocate who works full time overseeing complaints and procedure.
This trained and experienced team work discreetly across a range of complaints and 60% of cases are resolved within 30 days.  In the last 12 months they’ve handled over 109 cases on a variety of issues and continue to work on a further 25.  Where it’s required, they also organise ongoing help and counselling as part of their wider network of support.

Working with all sector partners

The UFBA’s dedicated Advocacy Advisor, through the Respect and Inclusion Taskforce, has been instrumental in helping to develop the FENZ Code of Conduct and Behavioural Policies. This has been done collaboratively, alongside other Associations representing women firefighters and Pacific and Maori communities.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All those involved in a complaint can be assured that we do not discuss the details of individual cases and we are committed to the privacy and confidentiality of all involved.  It is important to recognise that mediation can include representation of both the complainant and the person to which the complaint has been made against. This is part of due process and fair to all involved.

Timeframes

Complaint resolution can take time and may involve other factors outside of our control such as third-party investigations, where the UFBA may be part of a larger process to help resolve complaints and disputes.  We are always looking to shorten the resolution timeframe without compromising a thorough process.   

Reach out for support and help

For all those wishing to raise complaints we encourage you to:

We are here and ready to take your call. 0508 832 269.

If you are a member of a FENZ brigade you can find support here:

Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Advisors and Peer Support:

FREE Confidential advice and counselling

Self-referral contact details for employee assistance programmes in your region for short-term support:

REMINDER Promoting the values together

Our sector values cannot be passively rolled out and require all regional, local and brigade leaders to promote and live by.

  1. We do the right thing / Kia tika
  2. We serve and support / Manaakitanga
  3. We are better together / Whanaungatanga
  4. We strive to improve / Auahatanga

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