Anne Tolley MP
National Party Associate Welfare (CYF) Spokeswoman
27 August 2007
Family Group Conferences skyrocket under Labour
Labour needs to admit its 'lynchpin of the youth justice system', Family Group Conferences, need to be urgently reviewed, says National's Associate Welfare (CYF) spokeswoman Anne Tolley.
"The number of young people participating in more than three FGCs a year has more than doubled since 2002.
"Figures I've obtained through parliamentary questions show that 406 young people had more than three FCGs in 2001/02, and that figure has skyrocketed to 839 in 2006/07.
"These figures are very disturbing and show that the youth justice system is completely failing young people.
"One of the reasons that young people are going from one FGC to another is that assessment reports haven't been prepared in time.
"Why do our young people have to suffer because of bureaucratic mismanagement?"
Mrs Tolley says 90 young people had five FGCs last year, 11 youths had to go through the process seven times, and two young people went to 10 FGCs.
"It's time the Labour Government began taking youth justice seriously and stopped treating it like the forgotten relative of CYF.
"Labour needs to quit the talk and instead, come up with a system which ensures young people are a priority in youth justice. Young offenders need action from this government, not just talk."
August 28, 2007 at 12:13 AM
My alienated daughter was involved with FGC and Youth Court and as the biological father I was not told . Now I doubt whether the damage is ever going to be repairable . I am livid with the bias and gender prejudice justice system ! This is a sad indictment, however else would I expect as it is a mandate for the feminazi labour government to create widespread fatherlessness for society !!
Posted by: dad4justice | August 28, 2007 at 08:45 AM