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CYFS FGC Facilitator bullies Autistic clients.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 12, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

CYFS FGC Facilitator bullies Autistic clients.
Thursday, 08.03.2007, 12:19pm (GMT12)

 I was involved with Cyfs many years ago (over 13 years) with my eldest daughter. Ha, she remembers the dance lessons (these were paid for by them). The bullying behavior my husband & I received from them was never forgotten.

Mid last year I was involved with Cyfs as a support parent to a parent with a child with Autism, this was completely ignored by the person facilitating the FGC. After so many years from my own experience I had hoped that some lessons / change had happened with the people that choose to hold this position in people’s lives.

No change was evidenced by me, in my position as a support person with some knowledge on Autism. There was no support or understanding given to the family, who themselves had Autism Spectrum Disorder issues. The parent & other family were extremely distressed and as such had a number of questions why the FGC had been called, these same members were told to control themselves (stop asking questions) a number of times and were threatened that if they did not exhibit some control the meeting would be concluded.

The FGC facilitator was nothing short of a bully, continuously sitting forward and backward in his seat in such a manner that his behaviour intimidated everyone in the room, whispering to his social worker seated beside him. He commanded that the family agree to his desires or he would immediately end the meeting and the decision would be his alone to then continue with removal of the child in question.

I completely endorse and support what you are doing and I hope you continue. All these issues need to come out into the open.


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