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Minister must let CYF explain tragedy

Minister must let CYF explain tragedy

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins is saddened by reports that CYF had complaints about the treatment of a 7 month-old child six weeks before she died, but officials described her as ‘happy and healthy’.

“I am deeply saddened by what appears to be another failure in the service that is supposed to protect our most vulnerable kids.

“It is clearly in the public interest for the Minister to allow CYF to explain itself

Ms Collins is commenting on the evidence that has emerged in a depositions hearing in Wellington into the death of Kathleen Harris-Talivai. Her mother and stepfather will face a trial on charges relating to her death.

“There are a number of questions that the Minister could answer on CYF’s behalf, even with the matter still before the courts. CYF is not facing any criminal charges.

“From the evidence presented so far it would appear there were clear warning signs that should’ve triggered alarm bells.

“The Minister should tell us why this little girl’s case was allowed to slip through the cracks and offer some assurances to the public.

“Labour has poured millions upon millions of dollars into CYF in light of other high profile child tragedies. Clearly, it’s time the Government showed some Ministerial leadership and accountability,” says Ms Collins.


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