Labour calls for inquiry over CYF case

Ministry for Vulnerable Children logoRadio NZ News 2 July 2017
Family First Comment: How about Labour promotes an independent complaints authority!? 
Revelations that Child Youth and Family failed to act despite warnings to save a child from an unsafe environment have prompted the Labour Party to call for an inquiry.
In November 2015, eight-month-old Isaiah Neil died after being left in a hot car for three hours, while his parents and maternal grandmother smoked synthetic cannabis and went to sleep.
On Friday in the Rotorua High Court, his grandmother, Donna Parangi, and mother, Lacey Te Whetu, were sentenced to three years jail.
Isaiah’s father, Shane Christopher Neil, has been given the option of serving his sentence on home detention, if a suitable address can be found.
Other members of the baby boy’s family have written to the Social Development Minister Anne Tolley saying they repeatedly warned the Ministry about the unsafe environment he was living in in the months before his death.
The family questioned why any one of the services involved with the family, including the then Child Youth and Family, did not act.
“There were a number of services involved with the family, why were alarm bells not sounded from any of these organisations? How are we going to stop our babies from dying if we are not getting the support from the relevant agencies?” the letter said.
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