More evidence for a CYF Watchdog

And 11 years to fix the problem!!!

CYF apologises for placing teen with rapist
TVNZ 24 June 2012

Child, Youth and Family has apologised to a Taranaki woman for placing her with a convicted rapist when she was 16. The woman, who is now 27, was under CYFS care while completing a youth court supervision order, but the organisation admits it did not vet the man they placed her with. She now lives with HIV and the knowledge that she has passed the virus on to one of her sons. “I thought that (vetting) was one of the first things they were meant to do and if they had it would’ve popped up with his history,” the woman, known as ‘Joanne’, told Marae Investigates . “There’s no way someone with that history should get care of a child, no way,”

…However, in a statement to Marae Investigates the Deputy Chief Executive of Social Development David Shanks admits CYFS let Joanne down, and has apologised. “In 2001 it wasn’t mandatory for CYF staff to do criminal checks around family placement decisions made at youth justice family group conferences. This was a gap in CYF policy,” he said in a statement. “Staff at the time were still, however, expected to assess the caregiver’s suitability. In hindsight it appears we didn’t do a good enough job around this and we let (Joanne) down.” Shanks went on to explain the “gap” in policy has since been closed. “Early this year it became mandatory to do criminal checks for these placements. A range of other safety checks are now also required including home visits.”
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/cyf-apologises-placing-teen-rapist-4943382

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