Lack of older teen support criticised

Radio NZ News 17 October 2014
A Coroner says Child Youth and Family should not cut troubled teenagers adrift when they turn 17.

Ian Smith made the comments while investigating the death of Jack Lindsay, who died in 2012 when he took several medicines which proved toxic because he was epileptic.

The coroner said Mr Lindsay was periodically under the care of Child Youth and Family but fell out of its jurisdiction when he turned 17.

He continued to get some support but the coroner said more help was needed.

Ian Smith said the case mirrors others he has dealt with where people under CYF care feel cut adrift once they turn 17.