The Green Party says action is "clearly needed" after the Children's Commissioner released a damning report on the safety of vulnerable children placed in state care.
Dr Russell Wills released his first State of Care report on Child, Youth and Family (CYFS) this morning, which casts doubt on whether New Zealand's vulnerable young are any better off with the service.
I think we do need to put a line in the sand and say actually, we need action- Jan Logie, Green MP
It found 117 children suffered abuse while in CYFS care last year, and that 80 per cent of children in its care left school without NCEA level two.
"The fact the Children’s Commissioner has described a dump and run culture within Child Youth and Family and that he can’t guarantee that these children who are being taken from dangerous environments are going to be better off in state care I think is a searing indictment on our child protection service under this National government and we clearly need action," Green MP Jan Logie told TVNZ's Breakfast show this morning.
Frontline staff were generally doing their jobs well, but a report released last year found they felt overworked.
Logie said immediate action was required by the government, with an increase in resources a must.
"I think we do need to put a line in the sand and say actually, we need action," she said.
"This has been a problem that has been increasing over the last 15 years.
"The notifications for Child Youth and Family has increased six fold over the last six years.
"But, this National government has been in charge for seven years, longer than the life of some of these children and they’ve been focussed on reducing spending in the public service, they should have been focussed on ensuring our children are safe."