I have read histories of child welfare work in NZ. I've read every author who knows anything worth knowing on the subject. Commissions of inquiry, radical organisational changes, transfer of responsibility between departments, name changes and reforming legislation are the norm.
The nature of CYF is chaotic because it deals with chaotic people. The organisation is in crisis because it exists to respond to crisis. No law changes, or system revamps, or 'best practice' applications will change that.
I feel sorry for the people who work with deeply dysfunctional families. The best of them burn out, and the worst become desensitized.
This latest from the Commissioner, and then Paula Rebstock's panel to "transform" CYF are just part and parcel of the ongoing drama that is chasing the tail of inter-generational social malaise driven by paying people to have babies.
One particular statistic stood out from the Herald item though:
Maori make up ... 68 per cent of young people in the nine CYF residences, compared with 24 per cent of all children under 15.
Tragic. Especially when a good chunk of it evolves into 50 percent of adults in state residences.