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Loyalty no excuse in child abuse


Every adult who is part of a child's life needs to take responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of that child, according to child advocacy group Child Matters.

The New Zealand Herald reported today that family members involved with a four-month-old infant admitted to hospital with multiple fractures have “closed ranks” when it comes to helping police.

Child Matters chief executive Jane Searle says violence and control by those harming children and families can affect the ability of other adults to speak up, however no amount of loyalty should be strong enough to justify not acting to protect a child or young person.

“At times, speaking up to protect a child or young person may require assisting government agencies such as the Police and Oranga Tamariki with enquires,” Ms Searle says.

“This can be frightening and difficult for some - however nothing is more important than the wellbeing and protection of our children.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to speak up after the baby suffered 16 fractures to her skull, ribs, arms and legs.

Since 1994, Child Matters has been advocating for the rights of children and young people, inspiring New Zealanders to make sure that every child flourishes in a safe, stable and nurturing environment. Child Matters has cemented its place as a world-class provider of training, policy and consulting services, while actively participating in the development of our community’s understanding and commitment to child protection.

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