NZ Herald Apr 13, 2011
Extended family and close friends of child abusers could face up to 10 years in prison if they turn a blind eye to abuse and do not report it. Justice Minister Simon Power yesterday introduced changes aimed at protecting children from abuse and neglect, including a new offence making people who are close to a family liable if they do not report abuse to the authorities. Mr Power said the changes would stop people from dodging responsibility for abuse under their noses. “It will no longer be an excuse to say you were not involved in the abuse. Standing by and doing nothing makes you involved, and this bill makes it clear.” The changes were partly driven by cases such as the deaths of 3-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui from severe head injuries in 2006, after which police struggled to get information from family members. Under the changes, adults who do not live in the household but are closely connected to it must take steps to protect any child at risk of death, abuse or sexual assault.
‘Kahui Law’ stops silence around child abuse cases
A new bill making it a crime to turn a blind eye to child abuse has been introduced in Parliament. It has been dubbed the ‘Kahui Law’, because of the Kahui family’s stonewalling of police in 2006. …Plunket’s not convinced prosecution is the right approach. “We’re quite good at criticising people, we’re quite good at telling people when they’ve done wrong, but we’re not so good at supporting people,” says Plunket clinical advisor Alison Hussey.