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Facts about Child Abuse

  • New Zealand has the fifth worst child abuse record out of 31 OECD Countries.
  • 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.
  • Ninety percent of all child deaths are perpetrated by someone the child knew.
  • Nearly 9,000 children per year are born “at risk” (1 in every 30).

  • For the year 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014 there were:

    • 146 657 Reports of Concern to Child Youth and Family – these included 88 768 Care and Protection reports of concern and 57 889 Police Family Violence Referrals
    • 54 065 Reports of Concern requiring further action by CYF
    • 19 623 substantiated findings of abuse (including emotional, physical, sexual abuse & neglect)
    • 16 289 distinct children with substantiated abuse findings
    • 5188 children currently in the custody of the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development (4129 children living in ‘out of home’ placements
  • Child Abuse costs NZ around $2 billion each year.

  • 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. 1


1. 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