Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Cash Band-Aid Won't Heal CYF

Cash Band-Aid Won't Heal CYF

Reports that recently convicted RSA murderer William Duane Bell was a ward of the State from the age of eight, highlights the fact that there are serious flaws in our Social Welfare system, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"With child abuse notifications, and unallocated cases, rising to epidemic proportions, record numbers of children are being taken into CYF care. History has shown that many such children have become permanently damaged and end up in prison," Dr Newman said.

"While such long-term, serious problems warrant long-term strategies, the Government believes the answer is to throw money at them, hoping they will go away. Mr Maharey's announcement that CYF will receive an additional $12 million - just weeks after the agency came under scrutiny for its involvement in the lives of murdered girls Olympia Jetson and Saliel Aplin - is evidence of this. Cases such as these show that, rather than going away, these problems continue to grow.

"Band-aid solutions are not the answer. This is highlighted by claims that CYF workers must compromise professional standards due to unmanageable workloads," Dr Newman said.

"Calls for long-term planning are not new, yet the Government continually fails to deliver. ACT believes that until Government addresses the underlying causes of increasing child abuse - family breakdown and long-term dependency - there will be more crises, damaged children and more serious, violent crime," Dr Newman said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election