Child abuse protection systems failing NZ kids – judge

ONE News 16 June 2013
Damning new figures released to ONE News reveal efforts to curb child abuse are failing. Rates of child abuse have risen by 32% in the last five years, with instances happening to children who are already in the care of the state. A district judge has now spoken out, saying it is time for a new approach. Figures show more than 21,000 New Zealand children were victims of child abuse last year alone. Around one-fifth of them (4000) were taken from their families and put into Child, Youth and Family care homes. But it was in these supposedly ‘safe homes’ that at least 23 vulnerable children were further abused.