Gangs or no gangs in Invercargill, 2011 is a year where the Prime Minister has signaled that vulnerable children will be a focus.

National is  concerned that in the past 10 years, despite hundreds of millions of dollars extra being invested across health, education, the benefit system, Child Youth and Family and the justice system, public services have too often failed the children who need them most.

The Government has identified some specific legislative and policy steps we will take in 2011 to build better results from the services we provide for New Zealand’s vulnerable children.

Better results from early intervention and a stronger focus on families taking responsibility for their own will be matched by better frontline services so we can focus on the good outcomes rather than the bad news.