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Facts about Child Abuse

  • On average one child is killed every 5 weeks.
    • Most of these children are under five and the largest group is less than a year old.1
  • Ninety percent of all child deaths are perpetrated by someone the child knew.
  • For the year 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018 there were:
    • 89,650 Reports of Concern to Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children.  
    • 41,250 assessments and investigations were carried out
      • 8,300 care and protection Family Group Conferences were held
      • 4,850 youth justice Family Group Conferences were held
      • 7,500 children and young people were in care over the year
      • 6,250 children and young people were in the custody of Oranga Tamariki for care and protection reasons as at 31 March 2018
      • 750 children and young people were in youth justice custody over the year
      • 250 children and young people were in custody of Oranga Tamariki for youth justice reasons as at 31 March 2018
  • For the year 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 there were:
    • 13,966 substantiated findings of child abuse
    • 11,519 substantiated findings for distinct children2
  • Child Abuse costs NZ around $2 billion each year.3
  • Studies have found abused and neglected children to be at least 25 percent more likely to experience problems such as delinquency, teen pregnancy, low academic achievement, drug use and mental health problems. 4

 

1.Doolan, M. (2004). Child death by homicide in New Zealand: An examination of incidence and child protection actions. Cantebury University

2. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106245150/childrens-minister-alarmed-at-numbers-of-proven-child-abuse

3.Infometrics. The nature of economic costs from child abuse in NZ. August 2008

4.Kelley, B. T., Thornberry, T. P., & Smith, C. A. (1997). In the wake of childhood maltreatment. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. Retrieved April 27, 2006, from http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/165257.pdf