Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Family First right on Anti-Smacking legislation outcomes

Family First right on Anti-Smacking legislation outcomes

Colin Craig & Family First right, Sue Bradford & John Key wrong, on Anti-Smacking legislation outcomes, says Family Counsellor & Social Services Outcomes Researcher


With the recent return to the debate regarding the issue of the anti-smacking bill, a Family Counsellor and Social Services Outcomes Researcher has confirmed that the 2007 legislation has made no difference whatsoever towards enhancing the safety of children.

Steve Taylor, Director of 24-7 Ltd, a Family Counselling agency established for 12 years, who has worked with thousands of parents and children, and who is also a Social Services Outcomes Researcher, says that Colin Craig of the Conservative Party, and Bob McCoskrie of Family First are “spot on” in their assessment of the anti-smacking bill.

“Despite the claims of the Bills most ardent supporters – the facts speak for themselves. There has been no decline in child abuse statistics, and since the Bill was passed in 2007, parents have simply become smarter at smacking – they take the act away from the public arena, and then do it anyway”.

“In my Practice, I have observed that legislation (and the architects of same) such as the anti-smacking bill is viewed by most parents and caregivers with contempt and distain.

The legislation was a hopeless ideological attempt to protect children, and instead all it did was criminalise every parent in the country.

Sue Bradford knew this at the time.

Sue Bradford also knows that at no time did she receive any death threats as a result of her pioneering this Bill, and the Police confirmed as much at the time – a manufactured falsehood laid upon a utopian ideology laid upon what was ultimately a lie has thus made for very poor legislation” said Mr Taylor.

“Given that the Act is being ignored by parents and caregivers; given the absence of successful evidence for its implementation; given the artificial and false welding of a light smack with actual child abuse; and given that the Act has made not one iota of difference to child abuse statistics; as a professional who works at the grass roots of family intervention, I am of the opinion that the Act needs to be repealed, and the true causes of child abuse be more meaningfully addressed, namely cultural norms, lack of parental training, alcohol and drug use, economic pressures, and the often absent biological father, being replaced by a non-biological male perpetrator” says Mr Taylor

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news