CYF takes more than 250 babies

Christchurch Press 20 Sep 06
Over 250 babies have been taken into Child, Youth and Family (CYF) care in the past year – a massive increase in the number of families facing state intervention. New figures released by CYF show 255 infants under a year old were removed from their parents in the year ending June – eight within 24 hours of birth and 33 within seven days.The number of early interventions has almost doubled since 2004 – a phenomenon advocates say is probably the result of increased public awareness of child abuse and closer collaboration between government agencies.

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Family First is concerned at the lack of external and independent accountability on CYF – these figures comfirm an even greater need for a Complaints Authority – what comeback do these parents have? Do CYF always get it right?? See our recent Press Release – Family First supports call for CYF Complaints Authority