News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


More Input Wanted From Doctors And Teachers

Child, Youth and Family is to look at working with doctors and teachers more about recognising the signs of abuse and neglect. This follows an analysis, carried out in the wake of the James Whakaruru case, of who is notifying the department about such problems.

In each of the past two fiscal years, just 1% of notifications received by Child, Youth and Family were from doctors (although it is possible some notifications by GPs were recorded under notifications from the health sector, which accounted for 10% of notifications).

Schools, meanwhile, were the source of 12% of notifications. "The figures regarding GPs are worrying, as at face value they appear low," says Child, Youth and Family chief social worker Mike Doolan.

"Perhaps we need to work with doctors more about reporting signs of abuse and neglect. We plan to discuss this with health authorities."

Mr Doolan says the relatively low number of cases being notified by teachers is also of concern, given that many abused and neglected children will obviously have contact with schools.

"Our Social Workers in Schools programme will hopefully make a difference to the reporting rate by teachers. But, as things stand, teachers may be lacking information about the symptoms of abuse and neglect. Again, we will look to discuss these figures with the education sector to see if we can do more to raise awareness in teachers of abuse and neglect."

Mr Doolan says it's extremely pleasing to see that family members made around a third of the notifications: "Many family members are clearly prepared to do the right thing and seek help on behalf of their young relatives. That's very heartening to me, as family support for abused or neglected kids is crucial.

"Police also deserve credit. Not only are they referring more cases to us, but police notifications increased as a percentage of the total in the last financial year," says Mr Doolan.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland