Action to help at-risk kids needs urgency
Releasing a Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, Paula Bennett talked of “the single most important debate this country can have”. Given New Zealand’s appalling child abuse statistics, she has a point. Unfortunately, however, the contents of the document come nowhere near to matching the Social Development Minister’s rhetoric. Supposedly controversial ideas smack of the obvious, and the Government’s planned path involves a process that belies the urgency of the problem.
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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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It May Just Save a Child's Life!!