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Commissioner Welcomes Saving Children Partnership

Media Release


Hon Roger McClay
Commissioner for Children 28 September 2000

“Save the Children New Zealand” and the “National Collective of Independent Womens Refuges” announcement for children today is great news,” said Roger McClay, Commissioner for Children.

Save the Children will fund a project worker for the training of refuge volunteers and staff to ensure ‘at risk’ children are identified and given support and care.

“This sort of initiative is the positive extension of the horror being expressed about child abuse and neglect by New Zealand society now,” Mr McClay said.

“Actions like this by Save the Children and Womens Refuge will occur more and more. Action occurs when adults become as outraged about child abuse as the victims of child abuse have a right to be”, he said.

“Womens Refuges” see 10,000 potentially at risk children every year. “Save the Children” have been promoting the rights of children for 80 years. What a powerful sensible partnership which will make a real difference for children,” concluded Mr McClay.


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