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Turner: CYFS - is there anything left to save?

Media Statement For immediate release Thursday, 12 February, 2004

Turner: CYFS - is there anything left to save?

United Future family affairs spokeswoman Judy Turner today asked the Government how the public could possibly have confidence in CYFS when it totally failed to implement September 2002 call centre recommendations that could have saved the life of murdered Wairarapa girl Coral-Ellen Burrows.

"That Ailsa Duffy QC should have to report that a lack of quality assurance was responsible for the fact that Ron Burrows' call about his daughter months before her death was not treated as a notification is bad enough," Mr Turner said.

"But that her inquiries found not a single call centre worker that she interviewed had been under the supervision or given the training that the 2002 report recommended is little short of criminal," she said.

"It is simply unacceptable," Mr Turner said in Parliament today, in tackling Government Minister Ruth Dyson.

"New Zealanders are now asking if CYFS can be fixed with anything less than ripping the whole outfit down and starting all over again - and frankly, who can blame them?" Mrs Turner asked.


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