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CYF: leaving child with abuser 'sound'

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:40 PM

Appalling behavior.

Dare we say it, where are her "parents"?

In jail for maybe having done the same to the young lass?

Let's hope she comes through it all & puts her unfortunate experience to help educate others when she is older & more able to speak out confidently.

May the Social Workers & others imposed with a Duty of Care to her ensure she receives positive & strong support to do so.

CYF: leaving child with abuser 'sound'

Last updated 05:00 28/04/2012

A 10-year-old girl was left with a woman who was assaulting her after Child, Youth and Family accepted the woman's word that she wanted to change her ways.

The girl was the victim of more assaults over the next seven months.

CYF general manager Marama Edwards said after a Wellington court hearing yesterday that the social workers' decision making had been "sound".

The Chinese immigrant woman had said she wanted to change her behaviour and a male in the household was strongly protective when CYF first learned of the woman's behaviour in March 2011, Ms Edwards said.

The man agreed to ensure the girl's safety, and other agencies were also involved in monitoring a safety plan. CYF heard of another assault in December 2011 and the girl then disclosed others had also happened.

"If we had known the assaults on this child had continued after March we would have removed her earlier," Ms Edwards said.

"However, the social workers' decision to leave the child in the home made sense given the information they had at the time."

In Wellington District Court yesterday the woman was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and 12 months' supervision and is to be psychologically assessed.

Her name was suppressed.

She punched the girl, assaulted her with a toilet brush holder causing a cut head, and bruised her legs with a plunger handle.

The woman pleaded guilty to assaulting a child and two charges of assault with a weapon.

She came to New Zealand in 2009 on a visitor's permit that expires next month.

It is likely the woman will return to China.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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