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CYF Throwing Children To The Lions

CYF Throwing Children To The Lions

Friday 18 Jul 2003 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today slammed the Department of Child, Youth and Family for placing an at-risk child in the lion's den, by housing a sexual abuse victim in a state home with sex offenders.

"An apparent lack of beds means that this young victim must share a home with alleged sex offenders. For a CYF manager to say that this situation is `not ideal' is an incredible understatement," Dr Newman said.

"Obviously, current CYF methods are not working, and the agency is taking its usual route - taking children into care, and then failing to adequately care for them. CYF is supposed to throw these young people a lifeline, not a noose.

"In light of CYF's atrocious record - which reads like a litany of tragedy - how can this boy's family, and the public, have faith in the agency's assurance that managers of the home would have `safety nets around the kids'? Children fall through the gaps in CYF's nets all the time.

"CYF must move this child immediately. A place must be found for him, away from the types of offenders that have made him a victim to begin with. If there is no place for him, perhaps he should be moved to Minister Tariana Turia's office, under Shannon Pakura's care," Dr Newman said.


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