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


CYFS Review Merits Cautious Optimism

Media Release
23 October 2003

CYFS Review Merits Cautious Optimism

New Zealand First has described the findings of the review of Child, Youth and Family as worthy of cautious optimism.

“A picture has long been emerging of a service that lacks direction, that struggles under the weight of huge public expectations, that suffers serious systemic failures, that cannot retain its workforce, and does not have the systems in place to meet the increasing demand for its services,” said Family Affairs spokeswoman Barbara Stewart.

“Labour cannot blame previous administrations for CYF’s performance over the last four years. After four years in Government Minister for Social Development Maharey and the multitude of other ministers with varying degrees of responsibility have not demonstrated the political will to address the steadily increasing gap between the demand for services and CYF’s ability to meet this demand.”

“We now have a review which clearly illustrates where CYFs needs to improve its service delivery and a strategy to enable this to occur, said Mrs Stewart.

“The Minister also acknowledges that protecting children and young people is a broad community responsibility and that CYF needs the support of the wider social services sector and the youth justice system. This is a step in the right direction towards developing a comprehensive care and protection system which involves other government departments with responsibility for children and young persons.

“Unfortunately state intervention has become necessary in the lives of an increasing number of our children and the existence of a dedicated and efficient department, staffed by people who are not struggling with enormous workloads and a lack of resources, offers our best chance of making that intervention effective, said Mrs Stewart.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news