- 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).
- 152,800 notifications were made to Child, Youth and Family (CYF) in the year ended June 2012. Of these:
- 62,678 were in response to Police Family Violence callouts when children were present.
- 61,074 were classed as 'Further Action Required' by CYF.
- 21,525 were substantiated as child abuse.
- 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
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