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Greater Children's Commissioner Powers Ill-Advised

Extended Powers To Office Of Commissioner For Children Ill-Advised

“Increasing the power of the Office of the Commissioner for children to become an ombudsman office for complaints from children is ill-advised and will not address the real problem,” said Party Leader Graham Capill following the announcement of increased funding to the Office.

“The UN convention on the Rights of the Child provides for children reporting problems with their parents. Such a requirement, among other objectionable stipulations, has the potential to drive a wedge between children and parents, and turn the home into a legal battlefield. Far from helping families, it will aggravate what may already be tense, complex situations.

“Christian Heritage is concerned that the government continues to propagate United Nations propaganda, and still has no real programme to promote marriage and help families stay together, when research clearly shows that family break-up is often the starting point for dysfunctional children.

“It is time to be more honest about the real problems and not hide behind politically correct initiatives. Let us say unequivocally and conclude that the social experiment in allowing all sorts of relationships has failed our children.

“Instead of giving more power to children to try to address problems, it is time for adults to take responsibility for their children. A focus on child rights will not help with that.

“Christian Heritage is convinced that a Ministry of Family Affairs ought to replace the Office of Commissioner for Children, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and maybe Child Youth & Family. A cohesive approach is needed to address the catastrophic problems we face,” Mr Capill concluded.


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