'The State Is Not A Good Parent' - CYF Failures Spark Ground-Up Overhaul
The government is vowing to overhaul our childcare protection services after yet another report highlighting its failures.
Social Development minister Anne Tolley says Child Youth and Family are under pressure and changes will be made.
Social development Minister Anne Tolley criticised the Child Youth and Family (CYF) today on TVNZ’s Q+A programme, saying the state "is not a good parent".
"The reality is that many of these kids have been abused in their home life and they need someone to step in and make sure they do get a better life," Ms Tolley said. "It can only be the state that does that."
The current system prioritises administration and transaction over the needs of children, according to Ms Tolley.
"Frontline social workers are frustrated they don’t have the opportunity to spend time with those children, they know they should be out there," she said.
The panel has proposed to take the whole system "to pieces" and rebuild it based on the children’s’ needs, a first for the social development sector.
"There’s a lack of strategic overview and planning, for instance there’s no national strategy for attracting and retaining caregivers and foster parents," Ms. Tolley said.
The State is a Bad Parent. Literally