2 more reasons for an independent CYF Watchdog

Horrified judge rescues children – from CYF
NZ Herald 15 Dec 2012
A judge has slammed the reckless actions of Child, Youth and Family workers who allowed four children to stay with their violent, abusive parents for more than nine years. Social workers failed to respond to 20 warnings that the children were being abused and neglected by their father, a convicted child rapist, and their mother, who left them alone in a South Auckland car park. The case has alarmed Family Court judge Dale Clarkson so much that she has referred it to the Children’s Commissioner. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10854196

Eccentric teacher subject of ‘witch hunt’
Sunday Star Times 16 Dec 2012
Police and Child, Youth and Family have spent months investigating an eccentric Greymouth science teacher, including raiding his classroom and interviewing his students, after claims he was “corrupting” children with inappropriate stories and had touched a female student.  The principal of John Paul II High says the investigation into teacher Andrew McCarthy was unprofessional, the complaint against him was vindictive and CYF went against its own protocols in what amounted to a “witch-hunt”. Principal Kieran Stone says McCarthy is a good teacher and he has no concerns about him continuing to teach at the integrated Catholic school of 190 pupils. CYF wrote to the school last week to say it had completed its investigation. “We are satisfied there are no concerns that we need to follow up after completion of our child-focused interviews,” wrote Moya Beach-Harrison, area manager. Police say they are yet to conclude their investigation and refused to comment. Stone said the inquiry had gone on over three terms, putting enormous stress on students and staff.  “At one stage I put the message across [to CYF], you need to either put up or shut up,” Stone said.