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Questions for Children’s Commissioner, Dr Cindy Kiro.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 15, 2007

Thursday, 15 February 2007

Questions for Children’s Commissioner, Dr Cindy Kiro.


(I personally have no dealings with CYF, but am horrified by what I have seen, heard and read, and even more horrified that our current government not only ignores human rights abuses and the denial of natural justice, but appears to be slowly pushing the traditional family unit towards extinction, and we should all be concerned)

Questions for Children’s Commissioner, Dr Cindy Kiro:

Dr Kiro, in your 8 February 2007 press release you state;

“There are a number of elements that are needed to build a robust complaints mechanism, and many of these are already under discussion with the Chief Executive and Minister of Child, Youth and Family. These are essential parts of a quality system”.

Dr Kiro, would you agree that if the required “elements” of a “quality system” are still under discussion, then there is currently no effective quality control or complaints system running?

Dr Kiro, are your current discussions regarding the possibility of a “robust complaints mechanism” a response to the exposure of CYF by the CYFSWatch blog site or a response to Judy Turner’s call for an Independent Complaints Authority, and if either, why have you not acted before now?

Dr Kiro, in another press release you stated;

“As Children’s Commissioner, I am an Independent Crown Entity with powers to investigate any decision or recommendation made by CYF and monitor and assess the policies and practices of the Department”. And later in the same press release “Any complaint from parents regarding their maltreatment or perceived abuse or other failure of CYF is completely beyond the mandate of the Children’s Commissioner to investigate.”

Dr Kiro, would you agree that because you have no mandate to investigate complaints made by the parents of children affected by CYF, then you can only investigate complaints made by the remaining parties, which leaves the affected children and those working for CYF and the courts?

Dr Kiro, would you care to quantify the number of CYF case complaints received by your office which were made by children?

Dr Kiro, would you also care to quantify the number of CYF case complaints received by your office which were made by CYF and Family Court workers?

Dr Kiro, would you agree that the vast majority of complaints (if not all) received about CYF cases would be made by the parents of affected children, yet you have no mandate to follow up their complaints?

Dr Kiro, if you are only mandated to investigate complaints made by parties who either work for CYF or are in the care of CYF, then how can you guarantee that your investigation is either independent or complete?

Dr Kiro, would you agree that any investigation of a CYF case which does not consider the parents explanation of events cannot be considered fully investigated?

Dr Kiro, would you agree that you have no powers whatsoever to investigate any CYF case complaint once the case is before the Family Court?

Dr Kiro, would you care to quantify the percentage of complaints where the case has been before the Family Court?

CYFSWATCH has sent these questions (on behalf of the writer, but not with the writers name attached) to the office of the Children’s Commissioner, and various media contacts.

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