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


Too many under CYF care and in residence

6 January 2005

Too many under CYF care and in residence

“It is staggering that over 5,000 young New Zealanders are now under the care of Child Youth and Family and the Government has no intention to turn around the growing numbers,” ACT Deputy Leader and Social Services spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today

The figures released by Dr Newman show the number of children under the care of the Department of Child Youth and Family either for care, protection or youth justice purposes has grown a massive 47 percent from 3,481 on 30 November 1999 to 5,141 at the same time last year.

Dr Newman said CYF’s youth justice residences now collectively provide 131 beds, mainly for 15 and 16 year olds. Under Labour the cost to run the six individual facilities throughout the country has increased markedly to over $800,000.

“While I’m concerned about the extra costs for taxpayers, I’m more worried that the Government has no real early intervention plan to try to turn these young people’s lives around.

“Young people in these CYF’s residences are a captive audience yet Labour is failing to make the most of this golden opportunity. In fact far from constructive action we’re seeing very destructive behaviour coming out of these facilities.”

Dr Newman also released CYF information that showed 25 proven claims of physical abuse at four of the country's youth residential centres over the past 18 months, with many more claims of sexual abused alleged.

“While young people clearly find these facilities to be very negative environments - which is presumably why so many abscond from them, sometimes for weeks at a time - it is tragic that more constructive use is not made of this opportunity to catch up on the schooling they will have invariably missed and generally turn their lives around.”

“For many of these young people, a youth justice facility is the last chance to avoid prison. New Zealanders expect these residences to be expertly managed in order to provide a structured environment with proper boundaries as well as a zero tolerance to violence and any other objectionable behaviour.

“As a society we want to know that the very best attempt has been made to help these young people get back on track and achieve their potential. It is unacceptable that Labour is failing in this vitally important duty,” said Dr Newman.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news