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CYF Expert Panel Interim Report

October 01, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Modernising Child Youth and Family: Interim Report

An independent Expert Panel was established by the Minister for Social Development in April 2015 to oversee the development of the business case for Modernising Child, Youth and Family. They were asked to provide authoritative and independent advice on the future operating model for Child, Youth and Family.


You can read the interim report here. 

The report notes that the current system has a number of failings, including:

  • The system is fragmented and lacks common purpose and clear accountabilities
  • The system does not place children at the centre
  • The system does not reflect a high level of aspiration for vulnerable children
  • New Zealanders are not actively engaged in making a difference for vulnerable children
  • The system is not effective in supporting families and whānau to care for their children
  • The system does not focus on providing earliest opportunities for a loving and stable family
  • There is insufficient focus on the recruitment, support and retention of caregivers who are vital to provision of loving and stable families
  • There is a lack of evidence-based approaches to achieve results
  • The workforce lacks the capabilities and capacity to meet increasingly complex needs of children and families
  • There is more work to do on supporting the connection of children to their cultures and communities
  • The use of residences and custodial remand reflects an overly institutional approach to care and youth justice
  • Vulnerable young people need and deserve far more support to make a successful transition to adulthood

Related media:

Panel issues scathing report of Child Youth and Family's performance... Herald

Anne Tolley supports CYF contraceptive advice... NZHerald

CYF overhaul must stop tally of broken promises to vulnerable children.. Stuff

State intervention in family size concerns social workers... Radio NZ

PM questions wisdom of whanau first... Radio NZ

New report calls for an open and consultative CYF review... Scoop