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New Zealand's shameful record of child abuse

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« on: November 21, 2015, 06:10:20 am »

  "New Zealand remains one of the most dangerous countries in the developed world in which to grow up"
...WHY..and how can it be stopped?

Special investigation: New Zealand'™s shameful record of child abuse 

These children have died as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand.
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New Zealand remains one of the most dangerous countries in the developed world in which to grow up, despite efforts from successive governments.

Thirteen Kiwi kids have died in suspicious circumstances so far this year – one of the worst years on record and much higher than the annual average of nine.

Every second day, a child is admitted to hospital suffering from inflicted injuries, including burns, broken bones and head wounds – with Starship children's hospital in Auckland seeing more cases of serious abuse than ever before.

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills speaks about abuse against women and children in New Zealand.

Police are being swamped with child abuse complaints and have boosted the number of detectives working on the sensitive cases in recent months.

A  Stuff data investigation has found at least 204 children, aged 0-14, have died as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand since 1992.

 Most commonly, they died at the hands of men. Almost three quarters of the killers were family members.
The killers were almost equally likely to be mothers or fathers, accounting for 31 per cent and 29 per cent of cases respectively, where the victim's relationship with the killer was known.

De facto fathers were the next largest group of perpetrators, accounting for 17 per cent of cases.

The most common cause of death for a child was a head injury, followed by asphyxia, which includes suffocation, strangulation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Children were at greatest risk of death from assault when they were under five years old, with the highest risk in the first year of life.

Stuff's investigation found the average age of a child killed in the last two decades was about three years old.

 Nearly half of child homicide victims were Maori, while Maori made up just a quarter of the country's child population.

Deprived parts of the country were overwhelmingly represented in the statistics.

According to a 2014 report by the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service, 786 children aged 0-14 were admitted to hospital from 2009 to 2013 with injuries arising from either assault, neglect or maltreatment. The figures are likely under reported because officials have to be certain of an assault before it can be recorded.

The report shows admission rates have declined gradually since 2000.

However, child abuse expert Dr Patrick Kelly, clinical director of Starship's child protection team Te Puaruruhau, said research showed abusive head trauma referrals to the hospital were on the rise.

"I've been doing this for 20 years. There have been lots of strategies advanced ... typically by the death of another child, and ... I haven't seen any of those strategies make any significant difference," Kelly said.

Efforts by governments to address the issue had been largely based around what Child, Youth and Family (CYF) and Police could do to combat the issue, he said.

Dr Patrick Kelly, the clinical director of Starship Children's Hospital's child protection team, believes the health sector has a major role to play in preventing child abuse.

"There hasn't been any really serious investment in actually what the health system might be able to do."

The Vulnerable Childrens Act made sweeping changes last year to protect children, including the establishment of Children's Teams  across the country.

The teams – part of the Children's Action Plan – are a first intervention, designed to work with children and their families before CYF need to be called in. They work to pull all available support into a single point of contact and tailor programmes around that child.

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But Kelly said that wasn't enough. He believed protection teams – specially trained to recognise signs of abuse – should be established at district health boards as another line of prevention.

The teams should include nurses and pediatricians and work in close proximity to other agencies like CYF and the police.

"If we could ensure that in every case where abuse and neglect is recognised it is not allowed to re-occur, it is likely that we would have an enormous impact on the health of New Zealand."

Ministry of Social Development chief social worker Paul Nixon said he felt positive about the Children's Action Plan's focus on collaboration and communication across agencies.

The majority of child homicide victims were not known to CYF staff, which meant other people coming into contact with children also need to have the support and training to identify risk factors, Nixon said.

"The [Children's Teams] strategy is a good way of bringing agencies together and organising them at a local level for local needs and priorities. The key thing there is getting agencies to collaborate and see the whole child," he said.

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says some of the solutions to child homicide lie in public policy while others lie in communities and attitudinal change.

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills said the country's high levels of family violence and economic inequality contributed to child homicide numbers.

Until those issues were addressed, it would be difficult to make progress, Wills said.


If you have concerns about the safety of a child, you can call police on 111 or Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) for advice.

If the social worker thinks the child is in immediate danger they will act on it within 24 hours.

Information can be provided anonymously to police via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you are a young person worried about what's happening to you or someone you know, call Youthline for advice on free phone 0800 37 66 33, free txt 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2015, 04:59:24 am »

...he even looks like scum..and no death penalty Shocked..

..he assaults and murders an innocent baby....and gets to continue living..costing us heaps in the process...wheres the justice Roll Eyes

Name suppression lapses for baby Ihaka murder accused Troy Taylor
 The man accused of murdering baby Ihaka Stokes is Troy Taylor (rear, purple tie). He stands alongside Ihaka's mother Mikala Stokes. Grandfather Paul Stokes carries the coffin with Ihaka's biological father Cameron Ellen.
The man accused of murdering baby Ihaka Stokes is Troy Taylor (rear, purple tie). He stands alongside Ihaka's mother Mikala Stokes. Grandfather Paul Stokes carries the coffin with Ihaka's biological father Cameron Ellen.

Name suppression has lapsed for the man accused of killing Christchurch baby Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes.

Troy Kevin Taylor, 22, can be named for the first time after a long fight to hide his name since being arrested on July 15.

Taylor, who is on bail, was the partner of Ihaka's mother Mikala Stokes. The trio lived together at a house in Truman Rd, Bryndwr.

Dunedin-born Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting Ihaka on July 2 and murdering him on July 3 at their home.

Taylor's lawyer Phil Shamy confirmed he withdrew an application for name suppression on Tuesday.

It ends a lengthy courtroom battle that reached the Court of Appeal to prevent publication of Taylor's name.

Taylor's name was suppressed for five days at his first appearance on July 16 to allow time to inform relatives and explore medical issues relating to a family member. It was extended after further suppression applications.

On August 19, the High Court refused suppression to continue. Shamy had until September 15 to appeal that decision, which he was instructed to do.

The Court of Appeal declined suppression on September 25, stating it would lapse on October 9. Fresh suppression bids were launched and on November 4 the High Court delayed its judgment.

On Wednesday, Shamy confirmed he had withdrawn a name suppression application, allowing publication of Taylor's name.

Shamy said all details related to the argument around Taylor's name suppression were suppressed.

Taylor has been granted bail to live outside Christchurch. He will be subject to a 24-hour curfew at the property.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 10:47:07 pm »

...well....there's a surprise😒

Child Abuse: Nothing has changed despite the hand-wringing, marching and law changes

It seems nothing has changed at all with child abuse statistics in the past ten years, despite marches, hand-wringing and legislative changes.

Jared Savage has written a lengthy piece at The NZ Herald but the upshot is nothing much has changed.

Picking the eyes out of the article it seems that no one is prepared to address the ‘arewhana‘ in the room. 

Here is the clues to where the actual problem lies:

The problem to be fixed was the disproportionate number of Maori children in the abuse statistics.

Nearly 60 per cent of children seen by CYF by the time they are 5 are Maori, according to the Rebstock Review, with Maori children disproportionately represented in families with high levels of need.

Basically if you remove Maori from the statistics then we don’t have a problem.

If you look at the long tragic list of dead children the percentage appears much larger.

However, we are told by all and sundry that this problem is the nation’s problem. It isn’t, it is a Maori problem and the majority of the bad statistics stem from their community. It is something they need to fix.

It is obviously cultural and systemic. There is no other answer. You can’t blame poverty, there are plenty of other poor people who aren’t abusing their kids.

This is actually a shameful Maori problem and one they need to own.

People were outraged over the cartoon at the top of this post. What they should be outraged over is the appalling statistics that show Maori are disproportionately represented when it comes to child abuse.

The anti-smacking laws haven’t worked, increased penalties haven’t worked. Something drastic needs to happen but this is not a nationwide problem. This is a Maori problem.

The sooner Maori show leadership on this issue the better.

In the meantime I fully expect to be called a racist, yet again, for telling the truth.

-NZ Herald
Cam slater

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