Preventing child abuse

Preventing child abuse

Resources and information aimed at preventing child abuse.

Key points to remember

  • nobody knows exactly how much child abuse 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
  • Child, Youth and Family is the government agency with powers to intervene to protect children who are being abused or neglected - you can call them on 0508 FAMILY (326 459)
  • child abuse and family violence are closely related; in a family, when one is occurring, there is a high risk of the other occurring as well
  • the effects of child abuse last a lifetime and prevention is possible. Secure attachment can play an important role in the prevention of abuse and neglect (see the attachment page)
  • 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)

Preventing child abuse

We all have a role to play in making sure our children are safe. The following information is designed to help support you to protect our children:

This page last reviewed 13 February 2014.
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