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Posted 04 February 2004 - 11:57 AM

IDB can you try and obtain the same figures relating to ACC,

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 01:42 PM


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CYF attacked over girl in brothel
07 February 2004

Opposition MPs have attacked Child, Youth and Family Services over its handling of a 14-year-old girl found to be working in a Wellington brothel.

The girl has been in the department's care since December. She ran away from her caregivers on January 29 and was found and removed from the brothel during a police raid on Tuesday night.

She has been placed with new caregivers and is under close supervision.

ACT welfare spokeswoman Muriel Newman said the case was "totally appalling" and the girl's future had been irreparably damaged.

"It is unspeakable that a department of professional people who are meant to be able to deal with difficult children allowed this to happen to a girl in its care.

"This is one of a litany of tragic cases that we hear about. This department is failing children, failing families and failing New Zealand. The public expects far better."

She said the girl was obviously very troubled and at a crossroads in her life.

"If she gets help, support, the right living environment and the right people around her that she trusts, then you could get this young life back on an even track, and that's the job of the department."

National Party welfare spokeswoman Katherine Rich said there was an expectation that children removed from their own environment and taken into care were going to a place where they would be safe and looked after.

She questioned how well the girl had been supervised.

"If this 14-year-old was working in a brothel then she would have been away from the house a lot, and probably out late at night. Most parents keep a watchful eye on their budding teenagers."

She said the caregivers looking after the girl had been given a challenging task, and might not have received adequate support from the department. "I've talked to some caregivers and there are situations where children are just dropped off without a full briefing on their problems, and without very good follow-up. They can be left on their own to just get on and do it."

Child, Youth and Family spokeswoman Christine Langdon said the girl had been in the department's care for just two months, and she had appeared stable. The department had tried to investigate where she was employed after she told her caregiver she had a job.

"The department was aware the young person was working and had been led to believe she had a legitimate job.

"However, when checks indicated this may not be the case, we followed this up and that resulted in the young person running away."

She said the department was reassessing the girl's needs and deciding how best to help her.,00.html

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Dads need fair go - judge
18 March 2004

The retiring head of the Family Court has called for law changes to make life fairer for fathers blocked from seeing their children following allegations of domestic violence.

Judge Patrick Mahony told MPs yesterday that life would be easier for families if the system of granting ex parte domestic violence orders which are granted without one party, usually the father, knowing was time limited and reviewed.

"There would be a lot less heartbreak," he told a select committee looking into the proposed Care of Children Bill.

At the moment temporary orders can become final after a certain time and can then last forever, blocking the parent, usually the father, from gaining custody.

But it would be better if final orders were reviewed after six months so families had a chance to heal, Judge Mahony said. Usually such orders resulted from intensely emotional relationship breakups.

Judge Mahony also recommended that the committee grant the Family Court power to order Child, Youth and Family Services not to place children back into situations in which they are in danger.

At the moment, the court had no power to attach conditions to a custody order in favour of the department, he said.,00.html

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:19 AM

No help for caregivers mother
20 March 2004

The mother of a youth put into care by Child, Youth and Family in its family home in Gore yesterday accused the agency of not supporting the couple in charge of the home.

The woman praised the efforts of the caregivers managing the Kakapo Street home but said CYF had put them in a hopeless position. It hadn't provided enough relief supervisors and had put young recidivist offenders in a home that could not be secured.

Her concerns were shared by police and Gore dairy owner Linda Hitchens.

Her Robertson Street business was burgled by some of the young occupants from the home earlier this month while she and her husband slept in their adjoining home.

Mrs Hitchens had spoken to one of the caregivers and believed they had been given little time off and could not sleep at night because of the youths, she said.

The mother said the caregivers were "marvellous people" but had received no help from CYF.

"It's shocking the way they (the caregivers) have been treated.

"I feel so sorry, they don't have the backup," she said.

Senior Sergeant Paul Marshall, of Gore, said police were worried about the number of caregivers and CYF's ability to provide 24-hour "person awake" supervision.

Some of the caregivers were older.

They were good people, doing their bit for the community but it was questionable whether they were appropriate caregivers for these youths, Mr Marshall said.

Mrs Hitchens said the home had to close. The cost to the community was too high.

"What's going to happen this weekend? Who's going to be targeted?"

She understood none of the youths were from Gore.

The burglary has taken its toll emotionally and financially.

"We're sick of it. Every night we go to bed scared they are going to come back," she said.

CYF Southland service delivery unit manager Judy Larking said she was unable to respond to these criticisms yesterday but hoped to have answers by early next week.

These concerns follow comments on Thursday by neighbours of the home and the principal of St Peter's College.

They are upset by behaviour of youths living in the house, which is in a usually quiet residential area.,00.html

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Attacks on CYF staff on rise
04 May 2004

Child, Youth and Family staff have been assaulted 150 times in the last three years, and one employee was forced to relocate.

Public disaffection with the agency has grown after its involvement in a series of high-profile child deaths, says Shannon Pakura, CYF general manager social work operations.

The mood had contributed to a climate in which staff were threatened and assaulted, she said.

Physical abuse and threats, including threats on the lives of employees' children, were becoming more frequent.

"That can be attributed to the way the public believe they can treat social workers. Social workers are there to do a job on behalf of the government. They go in there at the very least expecting that their physical well-being will not be threatened.

"I have had three occasions where I, as chief social worker, had to intervene to become the name on the affidavit form because it has been professionally unsafe for staff."

Pakura said staff were working in pressure-cooker situations, often investigating neglect or abuse, or removing children from homes.

"Guardians make covert threats (to social workers) like, `I know which school your children go to' ... The environment in which they are working creates tension. I don't think any New Zealander wants to be seen to be questioned about the quality of care they are providing their children."

Recent tightened security at CYF and the relocating of a staff member to another district was an indication of how seriously the agency took the issue, said Government Services manager Karen Thomas. "CYF takes seriously any threats or assaults on staff, who should not have to endure being spat at, yelled at and/or bullied while carrying out their duties."

Most threats involved physical violence including the use of fists, pushing and intimidating behaviour.

CYF had introduced the dangerous situations protocol for workers going into risky situations.

"These situations are managed closely by managers and supervisors and often involve support from the police."

Pakura and the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) say the key to safety lies in raising a positive public profile for social workers.

Pakura said a safe future depended on the profession turning around public perceptions.

"Rather than wait to have the things that we haven't done well reported on, we need to talk about the 30,000 notifications that we have done well."

Rose Henderson, ANZASW president, said public interest in social work was usually aroused by negative media coverage.

"Most disasters are what end up in the newspaper ... That means all the good social work being done doesn't get publicised, so you can get a distorted view of the profession.

"It would be fair to say that there are days for all social workers that are very stressful and that have potentially risky situations, but they are far outweighed by the good days."

Both said a new social workers register, set to have its first applicants in October, would help improve the professional image.,21...60a6530,00.html

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:01 AM

Ok they have definite evidence of assaults and intimidation but they still use their own names.
Is it only acc who is gutless.


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Spotlight on CYF as baby fights for life


The actions of Child, Youth and Family are under review after a baby, whose two siblings had already been removed from their mother's home, was left fighting for his life in hospital.

The 6-week-old boy was in a critical condition in Auckland's Starship hospital last night and his mother is facing an assault charge relating to head injuries the child received a week ago.

Yesterday, Child, Youth and Family Minister Ruth Dyson confirmed she had asked her department for a report on the case, which again raises questions about CYF's performance and its handling of cases involving at-risk children.

A 26-year-old unemployed Tauranga woman will appear before the court again today so it can consider a variation in her bail conditions, as the charge is likely to be amended if the baby does not survive.

The woman has interim name suppression.

The Herald can reveal that a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were taken from the woman's care by CYF a year ago after allegations of neglect.

They are now in foster care in Tauranga.

CYF would not comment on the case yesterday as it was before the court, but it is understood the two children's foster family had wanted to take the new baby as well.

A source close to the family said the foster parents were devastated. They wanted to know why the woman had been allowed to keep her baby when CYF was familiar with her history.

"They are totally beside themselves. They had wanted to raise this third child as well," the source said.

"She [the accused] wasn't fit to have the other two, so why was she fit to have the third one?"

He said the mother had monthly supervised access to her two children, but she rarely turned up. That should have been a clear enough sign for CYF, the source said.

Gordon McFadyen, the investigations manager for the Office of the Commissioner for Children, said yesterday that CYF's chief social worker had alerted him to the case.

He had been told the child was "very seriously ill". He did not want to comment on specifics, but said if the baby died a report would be provided to his office for review.

The woman's lawyer, Rachel Adams, and Tauranga CIB head Greg Turner also declined to comment on the case.

But Act's social welfare spokeswoman, Muriel Newman, said given the woman's history she should have been under intense CYF scrutiny.

If the woman was not deemed to be a suitable mother then the child should have been taken from her at birth.

"I really worry about that department," Dr Newman said. "When they fail, children's lives are at risk. You cannot have a department failing when you're dealing with kids."

National's social services spokeswoman, Katherine Rich, said the case was heartbreaking and again highlighted fundamental flaws at CYF.

The alarm bells should have been ringing, given that two of the woman's children had already been removed from her care.

"When it comes to a child's life you would hope social workers would err on the side of caution."

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 01:03 PM

Social work grads offered $7000 to work for CYF


Social work graduates are being offered a payment of $7000 to join Child, Youth and Family (CYF), along with a minimum starting salary of $35,000.

The inducement is part of CYF efforts to fight a backlog of thousands of unallocated cases, including those involving child abuse, and the growing demand for services.

The "support payment" for graduates is offered as either a $7000 gross payment against their student loans, or the same amount paid into the employee's superannuation fund.

CYF said today there had been a "steady increase" in the number of notifications of child abuse over the past three years.

"These have gone up from just over 28,000 (in the year to end of June 2002), to 33,102 (in the year to end of June 2003) and now to 43,314 (in the year to end of June 2004)," a statement said.

The 43,314 calls received in the year to June 30 was a rise of more than 30 per cent on the same period 12 months earlier.

Of those calls, 36,066 required further action by social workers.

"Critical cases", which require CYF to act within 24 hours, were up by more than 40 per cent, with 4306 notifications being classed at critical.

The Northern region, which includes Whangarei and the Far North, recorded the biggest rise in critical notifications.

CYF said the numbers could be due to a greater awareness of the agency's services, not simply a rise in abuse.

A surge in notifications was triggered by the death of Featherston girl Coral-Ellen Burrows last year, with the agency's inability to cope sparking fears of another avoidable child death.

However, the number of unallocated cases had reduced.

"Since January of this year, CYF has been achieving some success in reducing the number of unallocated cases and the number has gone steadily down from 4600 in January to 4500 in April, 3800 in May and 3600 in June," the statement said.

Last year, a review of the department found it was under considerable fiscal and service pressure and it was given $120 million by the Government.

The CYF statement said 93 social workers had been recruited and a further 56 were due to start soon.

To be eligible for the $7000 support payment, new social workers need to have graduated with a degree or a minimum of a level 6 diploma in social work within the last 12 months.

They must also meet "performance expectations".

The social workers are entitled to three weeks' leave each year, plus an additional week if they participate in an after hours duty roster.

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 06:45 PM

I think in the light of the current popular consensus of things regarding cfy and other areas of her Influence is that Ruthless has been consistant in her use of stastistical information to defend her inability to manage anything.
Her track record speaks for it'self.
As far as I can figure, every department she is responsible for is under fire and all she is capable of is writing to departments and asking them to pen a suitable answer.

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