This editorial for Public Sphere is from Michael O’Brien, Associate Professor in the School of Counselling, Human Services & Social Work at the University of Auckland.
Every Child Counts
Matthew’s Gospel records Jesus saying the children should be allowed to come to him and not be hindered from doing so. In this, and other contexts, children were to be given a special and promoted place in the society in which they lived. Here then lies the genesis for reflecting on how well we provide (or fail to provide) for children and their needs in contemporary society. While New Zealand does well in providing for many of its children, there are far too many for whom our care and provision is woefully inadequate.