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CYF Conduct Unacceptable

CYF Conduct Unacceptable

The case of a woman who had to turn to the media before Child, Youth and Family would listen to her complaints, raises serious questions about the actions of the department, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"The child was left in the care of his father, even though CYF knew that he faced sexual violation charges involving a girl in his care," said Dr Newman.

"When the distressed mother ask that her son be moved until the case was heard, and the father either charged or cleared, CYF ignored her request. Desperate, the mother turned to the media. It is unacceptable that she had to take this step in order to get the department to listen.

"In cases such as this, the media is usually the last resort. It is a sign of CYF's failure that parents are forced to take such action.

"This is simply not good enough from a department that has a statutory responsibility to ensure the safety of children. I am calling on the Minister to investigate this case, and hold the department to account," Dr Newman said.

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