Coromandel MP welcomes reforms to child protection and care

Monday, April 11, 2016

Major changes that to improve the long-term outcomes of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children have been welcomed by Coromandel MP Scott Simpson.

“The current structures haven’t been working and I’m pleased Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced a complete fresh start to the way the State intervenes to protect children when they are at risk.

“These changes provide us with an opportunity to deliver lasting change for vulnerable children.

The new system will focus on five core services – prevention, intensive intervention, care support services, transition support and a youth justice service aimed at preventing offending and reoffending.

“To achieve the best outcomes for young New Zealanders, it is necessary that we develop a suitably trained workforce and improve engagement with community groups.

“This is the beginning of a job that will require more support, but young New Zealanders deserve the best future that the country can provide them.