A cornerstone Government initiative to help our most vulnerable kids has come unstuck with Treasury raising major concerns about its effectiveness and key stakeholders describing it as unmanageable, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“New material obtained by Labour shows the agencies tasked with running children’s teams are struggling to staff them and are having to postpone referrals because of it.
An inquiry into the escape of convicted paedophile and murderer Phillip John Smith shows a chain of failures by government departments enabled him to flee to Brazil, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Corrections underestimated Smith because they didn’t properly take into account the troubling psychological evaluations of him presented to the Parole Board.
A planned overhaul of CYF must include an evaluation of the availability of placements for youngsters caught up in the youth justice system, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The fact Child Youth and Family had nowhere to put an Auckland teenager is extraordinary.
A report into Child Youth and Family confirms there are staggering issues with child protection in New Zealand, but has few long term solutions to help our most vulnerable kids, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“It’s clear that CYF has seen a huge increase in demand for its services, and that has come with little additional support or resources. At the same time there has been a focus on responding to ‘incidents’ and short term solutions, rather than looking at children’s overall environments.
An advisory group, which included a designer for sportswear giant Nike, was cobbled together roughly a month before flag options were announced to provide just four hours of ‘design’ advice to the Flag Consideration Panel, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“This is just further evidence of this shambolic and costly exercise.
An OIA revealing more than 600 dangerous incidents at a CYFs run youth justice facility in Christchurch, Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo, is proof of last month’s damning report by the Children’s Commissioner, but also shows that Ministers have known about these issues for years, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
"Information obtained by Labour reveals hundreds of incidents, including serious assaults, drug use, and self-harm at Te Puna Wai in the last year.
A damning conclusion by the Children’s Commissioner today that ‘we don’t know if children are better off as a result of state intervention, but the indications are not good’ should make fixing CYFs a top priority for this Government, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.
“The first public annual report released by the Children’s Commissioner paints a terrible picture of the experience children and young people have in care.