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Child protection presentation
Child protection presentation
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How child protection in New Zealand works

How child protection in New Zealand works

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  • 1. Presentation on
    Child Protection
    in New Zealand
  • 2. History of Social Work
    The history of social work is interwoven with the
    history of adoption. After the First World War
    women's roles changed forever. They were
    expected to find paid employment - that is the ones
    that could not find a husband to keep them. There
    was a huge shortage of single men, and for the first
    time single middle class women looked for work.
    Many went into social work in private agencies with a
    philanthropic fervour (men had always done this work
    prior to the first world war) They brought with it a
    bitterness, punitiveness, and a huge chip of moral
    outrage to their undeserving clients who so
    desperately needed their help.
  • 3. "Social work is meant to be the assisting of families, children, and individuals with social, interpersonal, financial, and medical issues. Employees in the field of social work are most commonly social workers or social and human services assistants. They assess clients' needs and determine what programs or counsel will help them live full, happy lives.“ If you want to go into adoption you should pick social work.
    Today social work has turned into policing parents for child abuse or possibility of child abuse under laws and policies.
    What is Social Work?
  • 4. History of Adoption
    Prior to 1926 - guardianship, wardship and the private adoption of mainly older children were the norm. The 'bad blood theory' prevented most people from adopting infants - as adopted parents wished to see how the child progressed before making a commitment.
    Government propaganda changed this to babies & young children through race social engineering, Christianity promoting big families and laws stopping adopted children from
    inheriting.
  • 5. Post WWII Adoption
    Social worker's responsibility toward unwed mothers (in fact any mother) regarding adoption of her child, was to advise of financial assistance and alternatives that might enable her to keep her child, warn of the risk of dire future regret and the potential psychological harm that such a course of action may cause her, and only when she insisted upon the surrender of her child did an adoption proceed.
    Sadly, that didn’t occur and instead we had the "Baby Scoop Era" from 1945 to 1973.
  • 6. Millions of single mothers were indirectly or directly -- and often cruelly -- coerced into giving up their children, often after a stint in a "maternity home”.
    Is this back under “Teen Parent’s Programme of Action” with $14,901,000 tax-paid allocated between 2010/2014.
    Are there any checks and balances to make sure we don’t repeat history?
    Forced Adoption
  • 7. New Mums are worried
    We used to understand people become responsible as responsibility is placed upon them..... that they rose to the challenge.
    Not any more!
    Any past child/teenage struggle –family violence, depression, anger issue, drug & alcohol use, Psychiatric treatment or disorder makes you a possible child abuser.
    You are deemed an unfit parent.
  • 8. They are all over the internet asking mother’s groups what to do when they receive letters from CYF saying they are taking their baby from birth, to attend a meeting and get a lawyer.
    Meeting decisions have already been decided as CYF Psychologists/Doctors have been used to show the mother/father unfit parents.
    Under judges discretion, some receive no notice.
    New Mums are Panicking
  • 9. In New Zealand, police and social workers are in the hospital when babies are being delivered.
    Babies are taken from the delivery room and mother placed in the gynecologyward or sent home.
    Under CYF practice, if a baby or child has spent more than 50% in CYF care, they are considered to have bonded with another family.
    So if CYF take your newborn at hospital, chances are, ‘You won’t get them back’.
    All parents are panicking
  • 10. Mother & Baby Attachment
    In “Attachment And Separation: What Everyone Should Know” Dr. Peter Cook wrote,“Infants may develop attachments to other members of the family or carers, who can take mother's place for a while. But if mother does not return soon, some infants can become quite distressed, with crying and an increase of behaviors designed to bring the mother and infant together again. If the separation lasts for some days, the first state of crying and 'protest' may be replaced by a mood of quiet unhappiness or despair...It is painful to go on experiencing such hurt, angry and even depressed feelings, and eventually the infant may pass into a state which has been termed 'detachment'."
  • 11. Families are fleeing countries to keep children (if they can leave the country).
    Women are depressed while pregnant and after their babies are taken from them.
    Pregnant women are placed in prison if they are considered a risk to the unborn baby.
    Homes for teenagers are being set up for pregnant mums and babies by government.
    Is this close to Child Trafficking?
    Actions & Reactions
  • 12. Start of Child Protection
    In 1974 Walter Mondale promoted the Child Abuse and Prevention Act which began feeding massive amounts of federal funding to states to set up programs to combat child abuse and neglect. From that came Child "Protective" Services, as we know it today.
    After the bill passed, Mondale himself expressed concerns that it could be misused. He worried that it could lead states to create a "business" in dealing with children. 
  • 13. Child "protection" is one of the biggest businesses in the country
    The money provides support for prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, fostercare, respite care, ‘home for life’, adoption
    Treatment activities and grants to public agencies and non-profit organisations for programs and projects
    Research, evaluation, technical assistance, data collection, laws and policies
    Facilities, offices, vehicles, profits for investors
    And of course to extend the definition of child abuse for greater government investment - $$$$
  • 14. Child "protection“ provides 1000’s of jobs and careers
    The money goes to thousands of state employees.
    Politicians, Policy developers, Lawyers, court personnel, judges, court Psychologists
    CYF venders such as education providers, counselors, therapists, junk psychologists, trackers, foster parents, adoption agencies
    Every year thousands of school leavers are ready to enter child abuse services.
  • 15. Government Organisations who provide CYF information about you and your family
    Police
    Ministry of Health
    Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Education
    Ministry of Education, NZ Schools Trustees Assoc.
    Departments of Corrections
    Family Court
    New Zealand Fire Service
  • 16. Non Government Organisations (NGOs) who provide CYF information about you and your family
    NZ association of social workers
    Open Home Foundation
    Royal New Zealand Plunket Society
    NZ council of victim support
    Royal college of General Practitioners
    Barnodos
    IHC
    Collective of women’s refuges
    National network of stopping violence
    Citizen’s advice bureaux
    NZ association of counsellors
  • 17. Under Children, Young Persons, and their Families (CYF) Act 1989, children’s welfare takes precedent over privacy when it comes to collecting information from any government agency and NGO.
    It will soon be a criminal offense to not report child abuse or the ‘possibility’ of child abuse – (under new law).
    Doctors once fought a law making it compulsory for them to report ‘possible’ abuse saying, “Parents will keep children away”.
    All Government departments and NGOs
    must provide information on you & your family.
  • 18. Compulsory reporting from police increased notifications
    Notice the huge increase of notifications and ‘No further action required’.
  • 19. As we widened the net, many more families were caught in it
  • 20. Notifications needing further investigation
    Majority of families investigated and requiring further action didn’t abuse
  • 21. Type of abuse found
    – from those who abused their children
  • 22. All parents are possible
    Psychological child abusers
    The new bill titled, ‘Children’s & Families Protection Act’ will also make Psychological abuse a criminal offense.
    It’s intention is to protect children from witnessing domestic violence.
    France has outlawed Psychological abuse on partners and Skeptics wonder how lawyers will determine what part of an argument is a criminal offense and who is guilty.
    Both victim and perpetrator will be considered child abusers.
  • 23. Social workers are moving into Hospitals
    Government budget
    Care and Protection Services
    Years affected
    Increase amount per year
    2009/10
    2010/11
    2011/12
    2012/13
    2013/14
    & Out Years
    $ 0
    $ 1,405,000
    $ 1,732,000
    $ 1,732,000
    $ 1,732,000
  • 24. Robyn Stent, the countries first health and disability commissioner, says the specialist care and protection unit of Starship hospital is “Out of control”
    Parents are losing all their children to CYF and have to fight to get them back even after being found to have no case to answer to.
    Senior Pediatric says too many good parents are being caught in the protection unit’s net.
    Starship makes no apology and says their concern is the children.
    Guilty until proven innocent
  • 25. New Type of Childcare
    • Foster Care
    Emergency
    Respite Care
    Home for life
    Adoption
    • Permanent Care
  • Market ‘ways to care’ assessments and training with local communities
    Offer ‘home for life’ support package to all caregivers
    Partner with 2 main caregiver agencies – Open Home Foundation & Bernados
    Engage the business community in sponsorship programme
    Special emphasis on the Pacific Community
    Measure progress with permanency goals nationwide
    – Do I hear that awful word ‘QUOTAS’?
    Home for Life
    Government Goals
  • 26. The original aim of the drive, was to reduce the amount of time children spend languishing in CYF care before finding a permanent home.
    The number of newborn babies removed from their parents had almost doubled.
    Yet the policy failed to reduce the number of infants murdered - which rose.
    White baby girls with no health problems are highest in demand.
    UK Scrapped child adoption TARGETS
  • 27. Training to become a foster parent
    Help with applying through the family court
    Give upfront payment of $2,500
    Baby starter pack for under 2’s
    Give access to support for respite care, counselling and medicines
    Check in every 3 months or visit every 6 months
    Put you on WINZ unsupported child benefit
    Home for Life Package
  • 28. When will a ‘home for life’ be achieved
    • A home for life will have been achieved when all of the following has occurred:
    • 29. The child/young person is in an approved home for life placement
    • 30. The caregivers have obtained legal orders to secure the home for life placement
    • 31. Custody orders in favour of the CE have been discharged.
  • Custody
    CYF support home for life parents applying
    for custody also referred to a Parenting
    Order. It gives the responsibility of
    providing day-to-day care and is usually
    the final step in the home for life parents
    assuming legal responsibility for the child
    or young person.
    These orders are not reviewed: the child or
    young person is now part of that family and
    the placement does not require monitoring.
  • 32. It is important that home for life parents have the appropriate status for dealing with the needs of the children or young people who are now part of their family.
    For this reason it is best that home for life parents apply for additional guardianship alongside the parenting or custody orders.
    This way, parents are still responsible financially and can pay child support.
    I’d hate to see this ABUSED - a business in itself.
    Guardianship
  • 33. There may be some cases where the birth parents remaining as additional guardians is not appropriate. This may be where working with a child or young person’s birth parents has proved particularly challenging or they are actively undermining or endangering the child’s safety or wellbeing.
    All costs belong to new parents.
    Guardianship 2
  • 34. AvailableFinancial Support
    • Foster Care
    • 35. Home for Life
    Under CYF - $300 upwards – even $600
    per week
    Clothing paid
    Education paid
    Medical bills paid
    Counselling paid
    Camps paid
    Other costs covered
    Under 5 years- $134.91
    per week
    5–9 years - $156.56
    10-13 years - $172.77
    14+ years - $188.88
    Child Support that’s over benefit cost – (Unsupported child benefit)
  • 36. Once your children are in care this is what you can expect
    For Children under 5 years
    • Decision to be made
    • 37. Time Frame
    Permanent care goals agreed
    The child’s ongoing permanent care
    The child will be in a home for life if they haven’t returned home
    Legal orders to support home for life will have been sought
    Within 3 months of coming into care
    Within 6 months
    Within 12 months
    Within 18 months
  • 38. Once your children are in care this is what you can expect
    For Children 5 years & over
    • Decision to be made
    • 39. Time Frame
    Permanent care goals agreed
    The child’s ongoing permanent care
    The child will be in a home for life if they haven’t returned home
    Legal orders to support home for life will have been sought
    Within 3 months of coming into care
    Within 12 months
    Within 18 months
    Within 24 months
  • 40. Head of Ireland Bernados says
    ‘If we really cared about the interests of the child, we would take children away as babies and put them into permanent adoptive families, where we know they will have the best possible outcome.’
  • 41. Caseworkers often are caught in a Catch – 22 situation, where they would have to doctor paperwork or have to acknowledge that they are not doing their job.
    Benjamin Wolf – American Civil Liberties Union, September, 1996.
    The results are devastating
    Falsification of records
  • 42. Perpetrators of MaltreatmentChild abuse & Neglect in Washington
    • Parents
    CYF/Fostercare
    Physical – 160
    Sexual – 112
    Neglect – 410
    Medical Neglect – 14
    Fatalities – 6.4
    59
    13
    241
    12
    1.5
    New Zealand Statistics not available
  • 43. Why must we fight back?
    Our social workers normally hit the headlines when a child abuse - horror story comes to light, showing how they failed to intervene when a child was so maltreated by its parents that it died.
    What don't usually make the news, however, are the hundreds of cases when the social workers' failure is the very opposite: where, aided by police and courts, they seem determined to remove children from responsible parents, to consign them to an often miserable life with foster carers or to adoption.
  • 44. If you are interested in learning more
    Contact
    Julie Whitehouse
    Auckland Single Parents Trust
    Email: julie@singleparents.org.nz

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