‘Tough’ talk needed over child abuse

NZ Herald Jul 27, 2011

Child welfare advocates have called for “tough conversations” on the contents of a long-awaited paper on reducing New Zealand’s shocking child abuse rate. The ‘Green Paper on Vulnerable Children’, launched in Auckland’s Aotea Square at 1pm today, proposed giving families with vulnerable children priority access to state services and redirecting funding for older children toward young abuse victims. It is a response to New Zealand’s dire child abuse statistics, which show two children are physically, sexually or emotionally abused every hour and 1286 children are admitted to hospital because of assault, neglect or maltreatment every year. Child, Youth and Family confirmed 21,000 cases of abuse and neglect in 2009/10 and statistics show young children who are in contact with CYF are five times more likely to have a criminal record by age 20.