We acknowledge and applaud the Government’s recent series of inquiries and investigations into child welfare in New Zealand. However, we consider the parameters of these current investigations somewhat narrow and confined to issues around violence to, and abuse of, children.
Clearly, we agree with the Government that issues around violence and abuse of children are critical and need to be researched further and discussed by all sectors of our society.
But we again advocate for a broadening of the debate around child welfare and wellbeing to include areas outside of abuse and violence and issues and views that are not widely discussed. We also champion brave, long-term and well thought out policies and programmes in response to these issues.