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Child, Youth and Family acts on allegations


Child, Youth and Family acts on allegations

The Head of Child, Youth and Family, Ray Smith said today he is extremely concerned at allegations made in the NZ Herald that young offenders attending a Child, Youth and Family course smoked marijuana, drank alcohol and were trained to handle firearms.

He said, "Child, Youth and Family is treating these allegations very seriously. If there is any truth to any of the allegations, even in part, it is totally unacceptable." Smith said that as a result, he has today taken the following action:

"No further young people will be referred to this Programme and two senior youth justice social workers will be placed on the Programme – to assist the Trust and to ensure the safety of the young people.

"The allegations concerning drug and alcohol use, as well as misuse of firearms, has been referred to the Police. The Police have agreed to investigate the allegations and we and the Trust will assist them fully with their enquiries.

"I have launched a full, comprehensive investigation into the Trust's activities. Child, Youth and Family has very clear standards with which all providers must comply.

"We need to ensure that the Trust has complied with each and every one of these standards. The Trust are fully co-operative and are working closely with us on this.

"There will be full accountability and full disclosure in this matter. The review into the Trusts activities will be with me within four weeks and its findings will be discussed with the Chief Executive, Peter Hughes and the Minister, Ruth Dyson."

Ray Smith said the Review will also be released in full to the public.

"These steps are essential in order for me to be assured that the community can have confidence in this programme and that the young people in our care are safe and well supported."


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