The number of complaints against the Ministry for Vulnerable Children has doubled over four years, with a third being upheld.
Figures released under the Official Information Act show formal complaints jumped from 512 in the year ending June 2012 - when it was called Child, Youth and Family - to 971 in the year ending June 2016. The number stood at 699 for the nine months to the end of March 2017.
In total, some 4949 complaints had been received since 2012, with 1088 partly upheld and 565 fully upheld.
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