Promises, Promises

Sandra Grey and Charles Sedgwick

“The system isn’t working – it’s broken and the life outcomes for children in care are absolutely abysmal,” says the Minister of Social Development referring to the Interim Report and the Expert Panel Final Report on CYFs. ‘Broken’ means in this case that CYFs has been restructured 14 times since 1998 and is still not working (Interim Report, 2015, p.5). Interestingly the structural conditions are not dissimilar to the experience of the third sector subjected to at least 11 policy reviews and changes since 1998 to which they have had to respond (Treasury, 2013, p3).

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