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National disappointed with CYF report

Anne Tolley MP National's Associate Welfare (CYFS) Spokeswoman

27 July 2006

National disappointed with CYF report

National Party Associate Welfare spokeswoman Anne Tolley says she is both disappointed with and curious about the long awaited CYF report into the maltreatment of Kiwi kids.

"This report, which has been worked on for more than a year, provides little new material.

"I am curious as to what it was about this report that the Minister said was contentious and not for public release. Is there something missing from the final version released today?"

Mrs Tolley says the report is also light on new thinking about strategies to deal with child abuse.

"There are no bold initiatives to deal with the fact we have slipped from sixth worst in the world for child abuse during the 1990's, to third worst today.

"What we've got here is a grab bag of programmes that are already in train. The strategies for prevention in this report are little more than another call for agencies to better co-ordinate their services.

"This isn't new. Countless reviews and inquiries have made the same recommendations, but the department seems unable to deliver on its promise."

Mrs Tolley has pointed to CYF reports in 1998 and 2001 which advocate better communication between the agencies.

For example, in 2001 the Government said: 'The Ministry of Social Policy is to work with Health, Education and other relevant agencies on ways to ensure information can be shared so that children gain timely access to the care and protection services they require. This needs to be completed early in the second half of this year'.

"New Zealanders are frustrated by the lack of progress on this stuff and it's hard to see what will change in light of this report. Perhaps tomorrow's report will be better," says Mrs Tolley.

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