Mixed reaction to call for compulsory child monitoring

ONE News August 25, 2011  

A coroner’s radical recommendations in the wake of one New Zealand’s most disturbing child abuse cases have been met with a mixed response. All children under five should be monitored by the state under recommendations made by Coroner Dr Wallace Bain into the death of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie. Bain said the death of the toddler, following months of abuse by her family, has led him to make the “strongest recommendation” that at risk families, at the very least, are monitored by Government agencies, and those agencies should be given the power to override decisions made by parents and caregivers.

…Family First’s Bob McCoskrie said it would be a waste of resources to monitor all families. He said it should be focused on what he calls “dysfunctional families”. “Ninety percent of NZ families don’t need monitoring – they simply need encouragement and support to continue doing the great job they’re already doing,” he said. “How many times in abuse cases have we heard ‘the family was known to CYF’? It is families where there is family breakdown and instability, drug and alcohol abuse, low maternal age, mental illness, previous family violence – all the risk factors highlighted in reports over the past decade on child abuse – who we should be closely monitoring.”
Checks on all children – coroner’s abuse plan
NZ Herald Aug 26, 2011
A coroner has called for compulsory state monitoring of all children until they are 5 – but his hard-line approach has been dismissed as “too much” by Families Commissioner Christine Rankin.