Source: (2001) Social Work Now. The Practice Journal of Child, Youth and Family. May 2002:22-25.

Thirteen years after it was introduced, the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act (the Act) is still considered radical internationally. New Zealand has failed to appreciate what it has developed and to use this forward-thinking legislation to its full potential. I was appointed the National Co-ordinator of Youth Aid in 1995. After about six months I came to the conclusion that the most effective strategy for all involved in youth justice would be to use and practise the Act as it was intended. (excerpt)


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