With Anne Tolley’s announcement that CYFS is going to get a total rework, one that may include some private service providers as part of the mix, barely 2 days old, the PSA National Secretary took to A newspaper to try and get the first salvo in.
In short: It may be a mess, but PSA members are clearly not at fault and do better.
Richard Wagstaff, PSA’s national secretary writes:
Lately we’ve heard a lot about the children we’ve failed as a country. Children in care are more likely to end up in jail than the rest of the population – effectively giving them a life sentence from childhood.
It’s easy to think these children are somebody else’s kids – kids that some other parent, family or community has failed. But these children are members of our community and we are responsible for their care.
The Government’s due to tell us what they’re going to do with CYF and what they plan for children in care. It seems like they’re going to continue to follow the path the UK has been on for the last decade – the State will hand over to private corporations like Serco the right to remove children from their families to make sure they’re loved and cared for. But is this a job that can be done by a corporation?
Perhaps there’s been enough political fallout from the mishandling of Mt Eden prison to prevent CYF contracts going to Serco. The idea of Serco being responsible for a pipeline guiding children through their lives from cradle to grave – from CYF to prison – sounds like something from a dystopian novel rather than preferred government policy.
And there you go. Serco’s the reason why New Zealand kids will have to remain in the hands of public servants. The same public servants that have failed these children. Because of a remand prison being run by a private provider. Read more »