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

 

Law change will have little impact on child abuse

April 13, 2011

Law change will have little impact on child abuse

The New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) acknowledges the Government’s concern about child abuse, with its proposed legislation creating a new offence for failing to protect a child or vulnerable adult. But NZNO believes the Government’s proposals are an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff approach and will do little to address the root causes of child abuse.

The Crimes Amendment Bill (No 2), fast tracked into Parliament yesterday (April 12), will make it an offence to not protect a child or vulnerable adult from the risk of death, grievous bodily harm or sexual assault, with a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. A person can be found liable if they live in the same household as the victim, are closely connected to the household or is a staff member at a hospital, institution of residence where the victim lives.

“This proposed legislation will have little impact on New Zealand’s appalling child abuse statistics, as it does not address the root causes of abuse. The factors contributing to abuse are complex and multi-faceted. Until the Government has the courage to address issues such as child poverty, the violence caused by alcohol abuse, the widening gap between rich and poor in this country, and the growing number of people who feel excluded or alienated from participating in our society, then little will change for our most vulnerable citizens,” NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals said.

“Fast-tracked, punitive legislation in response to extreme cases is not the answer. There are no quick-fixes. Solutions will only be found in a comprehensive policy approaches that address the health, education, employment and social factors contributing to abuse,” he said.

“Nurses, in their practice every day, deal with the effects of health and social inequities on children and adults. Because of their knowledge and experience, nurses are very well placed to contribute to policy development aimed at reducing these inequities,” Annals said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels