Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Principals: CYF performance not good enough

Principals: CYF performance not good enough

More than half of New Zealand’s principals do not think Child, Youth & Family (CYF) is doing a good job. The results come from a survey conducted by the New Zealand Principals Federation, which represents principals at all levels throughout New Zealand’s education system.

Pat Newman, NZPF President, says it is time to be realistic about the role principals have to play within their schools. “When CYF fails, the onus to act falls back onto the principal. There may be a number of reasons as to why CYF seems to be ineffective, but those reasons and that debate are not our primary concern. What we’re saying is that because CYF is functioning ineffectively, principals are being forced to act as surrogate social workers for these children. Children with severe behavioural problems are one of the biggest threats to both student and teacher safety in our schools. Most of these children are also CYF clients.”

Newman suggests that if the Government wants children to be adequately monitored, it should release some of the CYF funding to schools and other valid community organisations. “Let CYF look after the emergency situations, while schools employ staff and use resources to concentrate on the long-term monitoring of children. We deal with these pupils everyday, which gives us a huge advantage over social workers."

The survey revealed that low-decile schools in particular are frustrated with the performance of CYF. “When comparing decile one and two school principals against decile nine and ten school principals, we found the number of low-decile principals unhappy with CYS’ performance was almost double that of high-decile principals. In all likelihood, that is probably because the low-decile principals see a greater percentage of children in need of CYF help,” says Newman.

The NZPF is calling for the Government to urgently move funding into schools to cater for these children and their families. “When the people working at the coalface with these children tell you that CYF is failing, surely the Government is obligated to make changes. We can help these children, if we’re given the resources to do so. ”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

Negotiations Begin: Equal Conditions For Men & Women In Professional Football

The trade union representing New Zealand's professional footballers has initiated bargaining for an agreement securing equal terms and conditions for men and women. If negotiated, it will be the first agreement of its kind in the world. More>>


New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland