Call for commission of inquiry into child abuse

Newstalk ZB 19/09/2009

Family groups are calling for a commission of inquiry into child abuse. More than 50 family focused organisations attended a conference in Auckland yesterday. Organiser Bob McCoskrie says the conference acknowledged that there was still a lot of work to be done in the whole area of child abuse and a commission of inquiry was necessary. He says the inquiry should target the real causes, the harder issues of drug and alcohol abuse and family breakdown and dysfunction and the contribution poverty and stress may make to that as well. Mr McCoskrie says there was frustration that the real causes of child abuse has not been identified and tackled.