Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Petition Text.

The following is the text of the Cover Sheet for the Petition.

To the House of Representatives

The petition of,
Graeme Axford
Kaiata, Greymouth.

Respectfully requests,

1) Establish an independent complaints system for Child, Youth and Family (CYF) separate from the Ministry of Social Development.
a. This be done with full public consultation.
b. This include Provincial Panels of community members and other specialists from a Social work background.

2) Panels meet as required, to investigate any complaints about the practices, procedures, actions or conduct of all staff working/contracted to CYF.
a. Investigations be carried out in a fair, just and timely manner.
b.CYF staff are compelled to cooperate with the Panel under oath or declaration.
c. Recommendations made by the Panels will be binding on CYF, but not remove other rights of redress available to the complainant.

3) Independent support people are offered who can attend all meetings if desired by clients.
a. A free phone to register complaints is setup and that confirmation of these is given in writing.
b. Given the anonymity to make complaints, look into a way of guarding families against malicious complaints.
c. CYF staff make clients aware of the current standards of conduct, ethics and integrity, and these be publicly displayed in all CYF offices.


We trust that Child, Youth and Family (CYF) New Zealand will welcome our suggestions as we see these helping the Department and Staff as well as the New Zealand public and where malicious allegations are made also protecting children, youth and their families from these.

We would like to see Child, Youth and Family (CYF) New Zealand clearly and openly held accountable for their actions or lack of them. That all staff be held accountable to the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) Codes of Conduct and State Services Commission (SSC) standards of integrity and public standards of morals, ethics, transparency and diligence.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Child, Youth and Family (CYF) Petition

Hi all

Very soon we will be doing a Petition with the aim of improving the Child Youth and Family Complaints system.

We will put the download link here and off my webpage so you can join us in the fight for justice for all...

What you see here will be up until the Clark of the House approves the Petition, in whch case more info will follow...