Mea culpa: CYF should have done better

Radio New Zealand 22 Dec 2011
Child, Youth & Family, the principal Government agency responsible for child protection says it should have done a better job protecting a nine year old girl abused by her mother. CYF was among 25 agencies involved in the case. General manager Bernadine MacKenzie says CYF’s conduct in the matter, particularly that of one of its social workers, was absolutely unacceptable practice. The child’s mother has been sentenced to prison for more than seven years and her father will be sentenced on similar charges in February. Former children’s commissioner Ian Hassal says child protection agencies need to be more child-centred in their approach to dealing with cases like this. A report has recommended the Government make 13 changes to child protection measures. The changes include more social workers in schools and better information sharing.

Parents to blame for failing child – Bennett
NZ Herald 22 Dec 2011
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett angrily dismissed suggestions she or Prime Minister John Key could have acted to halt abuse suffered by a 9-year-old Auckland girl whose mother was jailed yesterday. But a ministerial report on the case released yesterday by Ms Bennett found “the system may be seen as failing this child” – and cited 25 different agencies involved in her life.