No track kept of lost kids – CYF

Sunday Star Times 9 Oct 2011
Child, Youth and Family is under fire for not knowing how many of our most vulnerable children go missing under their watch. A Sunday Star-Times request for statistics on numerous child abuse issues – including how many children are hidden from CYF social workers – was rejected due to the lack of national reporting. The request followed the death of a teenage boy last year after he evaded CYF care with the help of family members. CYF has defended its systems by saying the problem of lost children was not significant enough to report on a national level. Labour deputy leader Annette King said it was “ridiculous” the agency failed to gather extensive national data on child abuse. “How do they know they’ve got a problem if they don’t collect information? How do they know if there is child abuse by caregivers or kids have gone missing?”