What is the Government doing to improve the lives of families with disabled children placed in out-of-home care?
Stuart Smith to the Minister for Disability Issues: What is the Government doing to improve the lives of families with disabled children placed in out-of-home care?
Hon NICKY WAGNER (Minister for Disability Issues): Today I am announcing the start of public consultation on the review of voluntary out-of-home placements under sections 141 and 142 of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989*.
All parents want the best for their children, and in a small number of cases of severely disabled children who can no longer be cared for at home, they are cared for in voluntary out-of-home placement. The decision to place a disabled child in out-of-home care would be a difficult decision for any family, and the review will ensure that the process supports families and puts the needs of the child first.
Stuart Smith: How can disabled children and their families have their say on the future of out-of-home care?
Hon NICKY WAGNER: There will be a number of opportunities for disabled children, their families, caregivers, service providers, and New Zealanders to have their say.
Throughout the consultation period, which runs to 29 May, people can make submissions in writing or online, and we even have available an easy-read format, or they can join a Facebook closed discussion group or attend a stakeholder meeting, which will be held throughout the country. We want to draw on the experience of disabled children and their families, and find out how the system can help them better.