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In defence of CYFS?

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 23, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH New Zealand

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

It’s really sad when people like yourself use such tactics to attack those very few people who are willing to try to make a difference in the lives of children. Have you not considered the abuse, threats, violence that social workers are faced with on an almost daily basis? It’s the ignorant, and usually the guilty, who stoop to use slander as means to attack somebody – how pathetic. No, I am not a social worker – never will be. I have seen what they do, I have witnessed the conditions in which they have to work. I admire their bravery and am incredibly thankful they do the job they do. Sometimes they will make mistakes. They are only human. But if a few mistakes is the price to be paid in the war against domestic abuse, where social workers must make evaluations of a child’s safety while faced with deceit, drugs and violence, then so be it. Or would you rather just leave the kids to fend for themselves? The point you and your posters fail to make is that CYF doesn’t randomly choose to investigate people – they do so on the notification from the family members, the public, schools or the police that have observed disturbing behaviour. Sure these notification may be malicious (and if they are they are dealt with through the legal system), but most are not. ‘Where there’s smoke there’s fire’ being a reasonable approach to take in favour of the safety of the child.

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