More than 70 children and young people were abused while in Child Youth and Family care last year and no central records are being kept on the abuse.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett revealed the information in Parliament today in response to a question from the Greens' Holly Walker.
Ms Bennett said that of the 71 cases of abuse - 30 were by CYF-approved caregivers and the rest by "third party'' caregivers.
"Thirteen have been prosecuted by police, the others have not. Even though they were substantial forms of abuse - they weren't at a level police were able to prosecute,'' Ms Bennett said.
Can you imagine the difference in reaction to this if the Catholic Church was involved?
"For an agency that's in the business of child protection it is astonishing that it didn't see fit to collect data on children in its own care who were subsequently abused in that care,'' she said.
Astonishing and criminal, I would have thought. I doubt any heads will roll, however. Unlike cases where what certain Catholic priests knew about abusers twenty years ago in Australia have made the international news.
In Australia as well, the Catholic Church has appointed a judge to lead abuse inquiry while as here in New Zealand, Owen Glenn's offer to pay for a commission of inquiry into domestic violence and child abuse, I get the impression, is being ignored by the Government.
As I said in my title, if CYFS was the Catholic Church, the pitchforks would be out in force.
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