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MSD Admits Failing Young People in CYFS Care

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP

Spokesperson for Social Policy
4 December 2013

MSD Admits Failing Young People in CYFS Care

It is unacceptable that CYFs, a service of the Ministry of Social Development, is unable to protect 17 year olds leaving its care says New Zealand First Social Policy spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor.

Senior ministry officials attended Parliament’s Social Services select committee today where they were questioned by Mrs Lole-Taylor about 17 year olds in CYFs care.

“The Ministry acknowledged that it has neither plans nor budget allocation for dealing with the issue of 17 year olds who leave CYFS care or schools, without jobs, and are too young to sign tenancy agreements to even get a roof over their heads.

“The Ministry is continuously reiterating their ‘investment approach’ in all of their policies, but it appears it does not invest in the future of vulnerable young people who need it most.

“This is a dangerous situation and it amounts to officially abandoning young people without any thought and they wonder why so many end up on the streets.”

Mrs Lole-Taylor says if the Government wants to ensure young people in CYFs care got the best possible start in life it should change the current framework that covers teenagers.

“The situation is not getting any better so the Government need to front up and address this issue promptly,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

ENDS

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