Young people in state care will soon have a right to stay in or return to care until they turn 21.
(ed:..this has long been an obscenity – how children in state care when they turned 17 were shown the door – thrown out onto the street to survive on their own – so it is ‘praiseworthy’ that tolley/this government is now committing to extend that care until age 21..)
The decision – which the Herald understands will be announced today – aims to give young people in state care the same kind of ongoing support from foster parents that other young people get from their real parents.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said it would cost ‘millions’ but would save even more in the long term if it helps young people to get good qualifications – then move into good jobs and acquire the life skills they will need to live independently.
‘Just as a parent – you know yourself that you don’t just send an 18-year-old off and say ‘You’re going to university and you’re on your own’ she said.
‘There is always a place for them to come back to in the holidays.
I have children in their 40s and I still have some of their furniture at home’.
The number of young people in state care has risen in the past three years from 4960 in June 2013 to 5312 in June this year – and the proportion who are Maori has risen from 54.7 per cent to 60.4 per cent.
(ed:..i don’t think most people knew that these children who have had a tough start – are just cut loose and told they are on their own – at age 17 – with the expected disasterous outcomes –
– and it is no credit to the clark labour government that they did nothing to rectify this in nine years of/in power..eh.?
i mean – they could hardly claim to be like the rest of us – and just ‘not know’..could they..?..)
(ed: to my mind the takeaway/worst indictment of this key government in this un report is the bare fact that the number of children living in poverty in new zealand/under this government has risen by 45,000 in just the last 12 months – to a new total of 300,000..
..when will we say ‘enough!’..)
The Government is on the defensive over child poverty after a United Nations monitoring group called on it to introduce “a systemic approach” to addressing child poverty, implying it doesn’t have one.
And it wants New Zealand to establish a national definition of poverty.
The recommendations released at the weekend are from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNROC) which reviews progress of 195-member countries every years.
It follows a call by Children’s Commission Andrew Becroft for the Government to set specific targets for the reduction of poverty.
The Government says there are many measures for poverty and it refuses to have just one official measure.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) appeared to have ignored detailed analysis from her ministry- and apparently her – when she appeared before it in Geneva last month.
(ed: tolley is surprised the experts at the u.n. didn’t believe her self-serving bullshit/lies/obfuscations..?…really..?…
has tolley/this govt. got to that sad place where they actually believe their own bullshit/are surprised when their bullshitting is questioned/scoffed at..?..)