Friday, July 28, 2006

Nothing much new in CYF report


I've just read the CYF child Mortality report entitled Children at Increased Risk of Death from Maltreatment and Strategies for Prevention.

In it:

Between 2000-2003 one child died every seven weeks as a result of maltreatment on average - nearly half the rate Green MP Sue Bradford has claimed .

The majority of young people were killed by a family member, in fact 73 percent of abusers causing child deaths between 1991-2000 were parents or caregivers.

UNICEF has said that strategies to reduce child abuse will not be successful "without addressing the question of economic poverty which… is the close companion of physical abuse and neglect.

Children living in a house with an unrelated adult were fifty times as likely to die of an inflicted injury as children living in a household with two biological parents.

Parents who cohabit are more likely to commit child homicide than married parents.

Step-children are at a greater risk of being killed than other children - and the younger you are, the more likely you are to be killed.

Children are less likely to be killed by biological father as they get older.

Between 1999-2003 Maori deaths from child abuse were double the rate of all other ethnicities combined.

Only 20 percent of child fatalities from child abuse between 1996-2000 had contact with CYFS.

So, if you are under the age of one, Maori, living with your unemployed mum and unmarried stepfather who fight and he has a criminal record, you have not had proper contact with CYFS, your life is in danger. Particularly if your mum is a teenager.

If you are non-Maori, living with your married biological parents who are earning a decent income, your parents do not have a criminal record, or do drugs or alcohol, you are least at risk.

2 comments:

Lucyna said...

What a surprise.

I wonder if this will change gov't policy on encouraging family breakups and young women going on the DPB?

Anonymous said...

it hasn't in the past, why would it now - the government has a tight rein on the family and not only wants to tell you how to bring up your kids, but make sure you bring your kids up their way.