Ministry for Vulnerable Children

Hekia Parata

What an awful name.  But please let that be the worst of what is an initiative to reform CYFs for all the best of reasons.

Child, Youth and Family (CYF) will be replaced by a new ministry in March next year, it has been confirmed.

It’s expected to be called the Ministry for Vulnerable Children and a chief executive is reported to have already been selected.

Acting Social Development Minister Hekia Parata confirmed the change.

“CYF as we know it will no longer exist after March 2017,” she said in an interview with Fairfax about wider issues around vulnerable children.

Labour and the Public Service Association are criticising the government’s intentions.
“This latest move continues to narrow the parameters for those who need support, and risks letting children fall through the gap,” said Labour’s spokeswoman for children Jacinda Ardern.

Labour’s policy is to create a Ministry for Children, which Ms Ardern says would be responsible for the wellbeing of every child.

The PSA is worried the new ministry will lose CYF’s focus on families.

“The people working at CYF must be resourced and supported to help children and families, no matter what their agency is called,” said PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay.

You can’t help a child by not focusing on its family, be that in a negative or a positive sense.

The Government have put themselves under a lot of pressure to get this one right, especially just before the general election.  With RMA reform dead in the water thanks to various people, CYFs reform could be National’s only true achievement for the terms.

For the kids’ sake, let’s hope they hit one out of the park.


– NZN, via Newshub

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