Another voluminous report into CYF; a long-winded ministerial response; multiple cabinet papers and a proposed radical overhaul promised
But when will the system that turns children into careless accidents or meal tickets be radically overhauled?
Because until then, none of these other investigations and re-inventions will matter a damn.
There have been welfare reforms but the number of children being born into beneficiary families remains at the same level (see graph at end of post).
The following stats come from the report:
Of children born between 2005 and 2007 and known to CYF by age five:
39 percent had mothers who had been receiving a benefit for more than four out of the last five years preceding their birth, and 60 percent had a primary carer who was receiving a benefit at the time of their birth,
37 percent had a parent who had a criminal conviction in the five years prior to the child’s birth,
69 percent had parents where there was a family violence incident attended by Police in the five years prior to the child’s birth, and
36 percent had parents who were known to CYF as a child.