CO.NZ–Immediate action must be taken over the country’s terrible child abuse rate and discussions over the issue should not delay work, critics say. The Government is to launch its Green Paper on child welfare and abuse tomorrow. The discussion document will contain controversial recommendations including questioning the current whanau-first policy for children taken out of their homes, mandatory reporting by professionals, and prioritising parents ahead of others for receiving state services.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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