Kahui social worker reveals system’s shortcomings

One News November 01, 2010
A social worker who was involved with the Kahui family prior to the deaths of twin babies Chris and Kru said information which might have affected the way the case was dealt with was not made available. A coroner’s inquest into the deaths of the three-month-old boys resumed in the Auckland District Court today. Middlemore Hospital social worker Nadine Ingham said there was a lack of communication between statutory organisations like Child Youth and Family (CYF) and health professionals, which meant sometimes information was not shared. Ingham said she was not told that the babies’ mother Macsyna King had been observed by another social worker being rough with her child when changing his nappy. She also did not know that CYF had been involved with King’s other children. Had she known this information, she may have made a referral to CYF.