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What they're saying about the CYF overhaul

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/04/2016

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE CYF OVERHAUL

* "It's got to be about the needs of the child, not the needs of the family and not the needs of the system, but the needs of the child have to be paramount" - Social Development Minister Anne Tolley

* "What you're seeing is too many youngsters going back to CYF again and again - we have to stop that, we have to get to a point where they have a loving, nurturing environment and there are going to be significant changes that will hopefully put the children at the centre of the issue rather than bureaucracy" - Prime Minister John Key

* "The independent panel tasked with overhauling our child protection agency has come up with some useful solutions, but they will only succeed if the government pays more than lip service to early intervention" - Labour's children spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern

* "There are children who need the urgent support of CYF today, and they matter. There aren't enough social workers, they don't have enough time, the carers need support, and families are waiting" - Green party co-leader Metiria Turei

* "I am most pleased to see genuine desire to put children at the centre of everything the new agency will be tasked to do - and to make sure that children have a voice - Children's Commissioner Russell Wills

* "The CYF review is perhaps the most comprehensive example of government actively seeking to hear diverse voices, including those of children, and shape systems that respond to what children have said" - UNICEF NZ national advocacy manager Deborah Morris-Travers

* "I am glad that New Zealand has reached a watershed in child protection and safeguarding and although the detail is yet to be worked out, this report puts children at the centre of planning and response" - Save the Children CEO Heather Hayden

* "Irrespective of how the system is actually structured, we must have a mechanism that ensures that families who have been notified to CYF as being at-risk are actually monitored in an appropriate way" - Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.

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