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CYF overhaul: the details

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/04/2016

KEY PARTS OF THE CYF OVERHAUL

* A completely new operating model for Child, Youth and Family to be in place by the end of March 2017

* New model will be child-centred, with a greater focus on harm and trauma prevention and early intervention - rather than responding to crises

* Children will have a greater say in decisions being made about them

* Age of state care to be raised to 18, government to consider options for providing support to the age of 25

* Independent youth advocacy service to be created

* New model developed to identify the best way of targeting early interventions so vulnerable children receive the care and support they need, when they need it

* Funding will follow the child - will ensure they get access to health, education, trauma and counselling support quickly

* Focus on reducing number of Maori young people in the system - currently running at 60 per cent

* Greater support for caregivers

* Contingency fund to be allocated in Budget 2016 - exact cost of reforms yet to be confirmed and will be funded in Budget 2017

* 81 recommendations from expert review panel

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