Lobby group wants inquiry into child abuse

National Radio 22 July 2011

Family First wants an independent inquiry similar to the one being conducted into the Pike River mine tragedy, to be held into child abuse. On average one child dies every five weeks in this country from abuse. National Director Bob McCoskrie describes that as a national disgrace and says the deep-rooted causes of child abuse, such as alcohol and drugs, are not being tackled. He says an investigation is being held into the Pike River Mine tragedy, but the deaths of children from abuse are being ignored. He says an independent inquiry should be held. The Government is preparing to issue a Green Paper to start a public debate on valuing and protecting children.
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Parents-first bid to halt child abuse
Sunday Star Times 24/07/2011
Mums and dads would get preferential treatment for drug and mental health problems under a radical plan to address the nation’s shocking child abuse rate. The government is braced for criticisms of suggested changes to the current system, where state assistance is allocated on individual need rather than whether dependent children are involved. Mandatory reporting, a re-think of the whanau-first policy when children are removed from their parents’ care, and sharing information despite privacy concerns will also be on the table when the government releases its Green Paper next week on improving children’s lives.
Why our kids are terrified
Sunday News 24/07/2011
A new report shows more than a quarter of the country’s youngsters have been left terrified by watching their mums and dads being bashed. The report into how children see and experience violence paints a bleak picture, with bullying and physical violence just part of childhood for most Kiwi kids. Published in the Ministry of Social Development’s latest Social Policy Journal, the report, Children’s Perceptions of Violence, surveyed almost 2100 children aged 9 to 13 from 28 randomly selected schools. The report found children are more affected by watching violence committed against the adults they love than their own victimisation. Asked to rate the impact violent experiences had on them, children put watching physical and emotional violence against an adult at the top of the list, and described feeling scared, and not being able to sleep or stop thinking about it. More than a quarter – 27% – had seen physical violence against an adult and most incidents had been in the home.
Child abuse review called political stunt
Dominion Post 25/07/2011
Opposition parties say a Green Paper on child abuse is a political stunt designed to wallpaper over the Government’s inaction on the problem.