CYFS to contract out support services
Controversial government agency Child Youth and Family Service is to begin farming out much of its work to charities like Barnardos and Plunket.
Shannon Pakura, CYFS general manager service development, said the new model was the most
significant change for the service in a decade.
The department had been struggling to deal with the volume of notifications – 53,000 in the last year. Some might be better dealt with by other departments, or by non-government agencies involved in family support, she said.
Draft legislation enacting the changes is before parliament.
Every Child Counts lobbyist, Ian Hassall, and the charities themselves have welcomed the new model.
It would remove a conflict in CYFS’ role between policing families and providing support for them,