Children's Commissioner's statement on expert panel report
Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills today welcomed the interim report from the Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Panel.
“The report makes sad reading, but sets out a promising platform for the next stage of reform - with children at the centre," said Dr Wills.
"Many of the findings closely reflect what my Office found and reported on last month in State of Care 2015 and what others in the sector have been saying for some time.
“Children in the care and protection system have been let down. But this new report makes an important point: we all have a part to play in improving the outcomes of these children. I agree it is not the responsibility of Child, Youth and Family alone."
State of Care 2015is an annual report based on our independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family’s policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences in the system.
One of the key priorities for the Children's Commissioner is child poverty. If you would like to find out more about the problem and solutions please follow the link below. You can also get good information at www.childpoverty.co.nz.
Part of our work involves monitoring the services provided by Child, Youth and Family under the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 (CYPF Act). We review practice and policy and make recommendations for improvements to the service.