Family First NZ slams Govt’s Green Paper

TVNZ 28 Feb 2012
Family First NZ is calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into child abuse as the ‘Green Paper’ closes for submissions today.

The organisation says the Government has failed to have a cross party approach on the issue and that it should be removed from the political arena.

They say the research has been done and that an independent Child Youth and Family complaints authority also needs to be set up.

Family First is also rejecting calls for the monitoring of all children in an attempt to catch child abuse.

“Our submission quotes senior social workers who correctly say that widening the safety-net as a ‘silver bullet’ is a naïve response that has the potential to destabilise families and create an overburdened system that fails to respond appropriately to at-risk families,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “All the evidence shows this is already happening.”