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

 


Keeping our children safe requires more action

PRESS RELEASE

12 February 2014

Keeping our children safe requires more action at Government and community level

The national advocacy group, Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa New Zealand, supports the Salvation Army’s view that the Government needs to place more emphasis on reducing child poverty and domestic violence in New Zealand.

The Salvation Army’s State of the Nation 2014 Report highlights that family violence and child poverty in New Zealand is still too high. This comes just weeks after the findings of the United Nation’sUniversal Periodic Review Working Group that made 155 recommendations with many relating to improving child poverty and domestic violence in New Zealand (up from 64 recommendations in the last report of 2009).

Justine Ropata, General Manager, of the Network says “There is no doubt that New Zealand has a horrific record of child abuse and family violence that in the worst cases leads to hospitalisation and premature death. The Salvation Army’s report shows that between 2008 and 2013 recorded offences of violence and abuse of children rose 68%.

More pressure needs to be placed on politicians and policy makers to improve economic and social policy. We support a preventative approach to policy interventions that focus on improving outcomes for children and their families. Strengthening families and communities is widely recognised as a necessary factor in improving social outcomes.

We believe that there needs to be more resources available at the community level to enable injury prevention practitioners, providers and organisations to find solutions within their communities. We also support that local level solutions require local leadership and are more likely to succeed when they are inclusive of the community voice, including Māori and Pacifica communities.

All children and young people in New Zealand have the right to be kept safe and protected from harm. Injuries are not inevitable; they can be prevented. Exposure to harm (intentional injury – both physical, mental and emotional) can have ongoing negative impacts on children and young people’s health, education, social and economic wellbeing.”

In the year to 30 June 2013 Child, Youth and Family received around 148,000 notifications of possible abuse or neglect, with just over 60,000 requiring further action. Childhood injuries account for approximately 34% of all childhood deaths and 80% of all adolescent and young adult deaths.

The Injury Prevention Network is a national leader in the injury prevention sector, advocating for the reduction and severity of unintentional and intentional injury in New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news