Today I’ve released information in two blogs on Red Alert about cuts to front line Child, Youth and Family (CYF) services in Dunedin. These cuts, and cuts around the country make a lie to National’s promise not to cut front line services.
Now I’m waiting to see what spin the Government is going to put on the cuts. Expect a story about voluntary redundancies. Expect a story about ‘reprioritising-resources’ further north. Let’s see if they’re brave enough to say that there will be more full time front line staff in Dunedin next month than there were in the first half of the year.
Child, Youth and Family do remarkable work on behalf of the whole community to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to give families the support they need to care for their children. They provide safe, loving homes for children who need that care and they work with young people to turn their lives around.
The timing of these cuts could not be worse, as the cost of living and unemployment increases. There is growing pressure on families. These cuts are an abdication of our collective responsibility to care and protect our most vulnerable citizens, to help those who cannot speak for themselves.
The Government must reverse this appalling decision.