Preventing child abuse

Preventing child abuse

The effects of abuse and neglect  can be very harmful and may last a lifetime. Every child deserves to feel safe and have their needs met. It is crucial that everyone keeps an eye out for the children in our community. 

Key points to remember

  • abuse and neglect need to be treated seriously because their effects can be very harmful and may last a lifetime
  • we all have a responsibility to speak up if we are worried about a child
  • anybody who is worried that a child is being abused or neglected should call 0508 FAMILY (326 459)
  • if you or a child are in immediate danger, call the police on 111 within New Zealand (use the appropriate emergency number in other countries)

What can we do to prevent abuse or neglect?

If you or a child are in immediate danger, call the police on 111 within New Zealand (use the appropriate emergency number in other countries).

The effects of abuse and neglect can be very harmful

  • nobody knows exactly how much child abuse and neglect goes on in the community because so much of it is hidden
  • abuse and neglect need to be treated seriously because their effects can be very harmful and may last a lifetime

We all have a responsibility to speak up if we are worried about a child

  • every child deserves to feel safe and have their needs met
  • it is crucial that everyone keeps an eye out for the children in our community
  • we all have a responsibility to speak up if we are worried about a child or are concerned that they are not safe or not being properly cared for

Call 0508 FAMILY (326 459) if you are worried that a child is being abused or neglected 

  • Child, Youth and Family (Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Vulnerable Children) is the government agency with powers to intervene to protect children who are being abused or neglected
  • anybody who is worried that a child is being abused or neglected should call them on 0508 FAMILY (326 459)
  • you can choose to be anonymous when you call them if you prefer 

If a child or young person discloses abuse to you, let them know they are believed and safe 

  • if a child or young person discloses abuse to you, let them know they are believed and safe and that you will make sure they have access to the right services
  • it is important that the child knows it is NOT their fault

If you are affected by family violence or you or a child are in immediate danger ...

  • child abuse and intimate partner violence are closely related and commonly occur together
  • if you or your children are affected by family violence, call the Family Violence Information Line on 0800 456 450 to find out about the organisations in your area which can help
  • if you or a child are in immediate danger, call the police on 111 within New Zealand (use the appropriate emergency number in other countries)

This page last reviewed 16 March 2017.
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