Lack of action on child abuse angers teachers

Press 09/02/2011
Teachers feel “betrayed” by what they see as a lack of action on suspected child abuse spotted in schools. The concern comes as new figures show the number of suspected child-abuse cases noticed by school staff has risen 37 per cent in four years. Staff in schools reported 8102 cases to Child, Youth and Family (CYF) last year, compared with 5922 cases in 2006, according to figures released under the Official Information Act. The total number of suspected child-abuse cases reported nationally has doubled from more than 62,000 in 2006 to nearly 125,000 cases in 2010. Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand president Patrick Walsh said teachers felt “betrayed” when reports were not investigated.