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. Find out what to do if you are worried about a child, or if you are affected by family violence. There is also a helpful directory of organisations which offer information and support. 

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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. 

Find out who to contact if you are worried about the safety of a child or suspect abuse. Find out what medical services are available for children who have been abused and what happens when a child sees a doctor for sexual abuse. There is also information about surviving sexual abuse.

Some parents worry that a sore red bottom may be caused by sexual abuse.  Although that is a possibility, it is not the usual reason and there are lots of other things that are much more likely causes of a sore red bottom.

It is never ever OK to shake a baby. Make sure that all the people who care for your baby know this. Never leave your baby alone with anyone that you think might lose control. Have a plan for what you will do if your baby keeps crying and you become upset or frustrated.

Many families in New Zealand are affected by family violence.  Help is available. If you or your children are affected by family violence, call the Family Violence Information Line on 0800 456 450, or Shine's national helpline on 0508 74 46 33.

A listing of organisations, resources, helplines and counselling services aimed at preventing harm to children in New Zealand, or which can offer help when family violence or abuse has occurred.