CYF steps up anti-smack information

Dominion Post 6 March 10

Social workers will hand out advice to at least 20,000 parents visited “because someone has told us they are concerned about your child”. New advice booklets are being distributed to social workers next week as part of a campaign on the so-called anti-smacking law. It will include a new advice phone line, 0508 ASK CYF, and follows the recommendations of a review into the law’s application last year.

The review, led by psychologist Nigel Latta, found more could be done to reassure parents about the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act. Child, Youth and Family said yesterday that it was on track to implement all the recommendations by April 1. Social workers would get 20,000 booklets titled When We Visit in the next three weeks and would hand them to all parents they visited from next month.