Plan to keep kiwi kids safe

Dominion Post 26 January 2012
Average Kiwi families could be subject to greater state scrutiny if proposed rules around mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse are introduced. A Families Commission report, released today, says agencies’ inadequate systems are putting vulnerable children at risk. It calls for better information-sharing between government departments and enhanced reporting by health professionals to safeguard at-risk children. But it also suggests controversial new measures that could expose innocent mums and dads to greater government intervention if child abuse is suspected. More than 22,000 children suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse, or neglect, in the last financial year. Every year an average of 10 children die at the hands of their family or carers.

22,087 – Findings of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect by CYF in the past financial year.
5020 – Children and young people in the custody of the department’s chief executive for care and protection at June 30, 2011.
4238 – Children in out-of-home care in 2010.
45 percent – The proportion of children in care with siblings who had previously been removed from their parents.