Calls for independent watchdog for Oranga Tamariki

first_imgNZ Herald 2 November 2017Family First Comment: Com’on new Government. Do the right thing for families. A Whanganui family’s story about how their 8-week-old-baby was taken from them after a social worker thought she smelled cannabis is sparking national attention.Family First New Zealand is calling for a fully independent complaints authority as a watchdog on the state agency Ministry of Vulnerable Children (Oranga Tamariki).In the Chronicle‘s story on Wednesday parents Freyja and Laurence Maisey spoke out about how they were falsely accused of being druggies and had their baby boy taken from them with no warning and no explanation.National director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie said the family’s experience has again brought this issue to the fore.”We must have a mechanism that ensures two things – that families who have been notified to the new ministry as being at-risk are actually monitored in an appropriate way, but also to prevent abuse of families by the State.”He said the police have an independent complaints authority – the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) and this was the type of watchdog needed for Oranga Tamariki.“Both the Greens and NZ First support an independent agency with the Greens rightly saying that there is a lot of potential for things to go wrong in child protection and, just like the police, there really does need to be independent oversight.”But he said the success of any complaints authority would depend on its independence.“It must have legislative independence, operational independence, and the perception of independence, similar to the IPCA.”Mr McCoskrie said it would also be in the best interest of social workers because it would provide an independent body to ensure appropriate policy and procedures have been followed.“This will result in public confidence and accountability for actions and decisions by social workers.”A poll in 2011 found 65 per cent supported the need for an independent watchdog for Child Youth and Family, while 20 per cent were opposed.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Spurs spent decades trying to topple Arsenal – now they’ve turned into them

first_imgTHE eerie silence in the Tottenham dressing room after their battering by Bayern Munich must have been deafening. It certainly should have been.Toby Alderweireld revealed Spurs stars hardly said a word in the aftermath of their 7-2 hammering at home by the Germans on Tuesday.4 Tottenham were thumped 7-2 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday nightCredit: Rex Features4 Pochettino’s Spurs flops have almost turned into ArsenalCredit: Alamy Live NewsThe defender said: “I’m not going to lie this is a big loss, we feel the pain.“Everyone in the dressing room was just quiet and I felt from everyone the pain so it’s not easy, but we have work to do.”No shouting. No calling out team-mates. Not even a rallying cry by the sound of it.Could you imagine legends Dave Mackay or Graham Roberts saying nothing had they been part of Tuesday’s fiasco?The Lilywhites back then, who were on a fraction of the pay but had a hundred times more heart and honesty than most of this current mob, would have ripped their team-mates to shreds — and not just with verbals.Even boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed he had no words for his players, adding: “It is difficult to talk now. I am going to fix nothing shouting.”The ground staff would probably still be searching the stadium trying to find bits of Serge Aurier after his shocking display in the worst ever home defeat by an English team in Europe.The erratic right-back was not the only player to under-perform in a Tottenham team which held their own against Bayern for the first 30 minutes.In fact, they only fell behind just before half-time when Robert Lewandowski put the visitors 2-1 up.But after the way Spurs performed in the second half — as they added to their growing list of lacklustre displays this season — perhaps we should not be surprised by Alderweireld’s admission of a lack of noise afterwards.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe silence sums up their situation — no response or responsibility on or off the pitch.Tottenham’s problems have been well documented and debated.But the way they fell apart at the end, shipping three goals in the final seven minutes, suggested too many have stopped playing for Pochettino and are happy to throw him under the bus.Poch has rightly been blamed for the part he has played in unsettling last season’s Champions League finalists, as has his chairman Daniel Levy.But the players have got off largely scot free.Their capitulation against Bayern, however, shows they have to shoulder much of the responsibility.Their manager, with his outlandish statements, may have laid down in front of the double decker but it does not mean his players have to drive it over him.Spurs’ stars seem happy for their gaffer to carry the can for their dreadful start to the season.Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen are in the final year of their contracts — and are playing like it.Aurier and Danny Rose are performing like players who did not get the move away they expected in the summer.4 Spurs were extraordinarily poor in the Bayern Munich drubbingCredit: Rex FeaturesKeeper and captain Hugo Lloris is already on Miami Beach after admitting he would like to finish his career in the MLS.And who can blame them for having their minds elsewhere after their manager celebrated leading the club into the Champions League final for the first time by announcing he could quit if they lifted the trophy?The run to Madrid should have been the catalyst for a successful new era at Spurs.But Pochettino’s insistence it was the end of the old one blew a hole in the club which may never be repaired.Having spent decades trying to topple Arsenal as North London’s top dogs, they have now turned into them.A club with an expensive stadium to pay for, with players who want to leave and a manager too stubborn to accept when he is wrong.Tottenham are the Titanic and while everybody looks for a lifeboat, band leader Harry Kane continues to play on.But the England captain’s smile which he always played with has turned into a frown. Kane continues to score goals but he does not look happy about it.The only real jewel in the Tottenham crown is now seeing wannabe gems nowhere near his value leaving the club he has stayed loyal to.He must be concerned he could end up going down with this sinking ship, especially if Pochettino leaves.4MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearAnd that could leave Kane becoming the modern-day Matt Le Tissier — a magnificent talent remembered only for his loyalty and not his medals.Alderweireld denied Tottenham’s wantaway stars are not committed to the club, despite Tuesday’s clear evidence to the contrary.But then he is in the final year of his contract. He said: “It is nothing to do with this. You know, nothing.“It’s a shame that nobody can see the work ethic everybody brings to this club. Everyone from down to up is hungry and wants to work hard.“We know the results are not the best. We’re not against the press and, of course, things will be critical.“That’s part of top sports, you know, the sport of football.”Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kanelast_img read more