New Zealand First says the lack of support in Parliament for the rights of children who are exposed to crime on a regular basis is disappointing.
Vulnerable children and their families are desperately seeking help from government agencies as the holiday season approaches says New Zealand First.
The Government needs to explain the inconsistent policies that mean young people in CYFS care are told to fend for themselves as soon as they turn 17 years old, says New Zealand First social policy spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor.
New Zealand First wants Social Development Minister Paula Bennett to apologise for hiding the true nature of child abuse and neglect happening around New Zealand.
New Zealand First is urging the Government to provide substantial support for young people and their mental wellbeing.
New Zealand First congratulates the Government for the increase of funding into the national Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate through Rape Prevention Education (RPE) – but it falls short of providing help for all those who need it, says New Zeala
New Zealand First has drafted legislation that would see tougher sentences imposed on criminals manufacturing methamphetamine, and committing other crimes, while children under the age of 17 are present.
New Zealand First says a decline in skilled job vacancies sends a clear warning to New Zealanders that unemployment is set to explode.