This government talks tough about tackling crime. It talks about stopping violence towards children. It makes out it’s doing a lot. It’s big on punishment. Not so much on prevention. I was always taught that prevention was better than cure.
Behind the scenes it’s appears it could be planning to axe 45 child advocates put in place after some horrific child abuse cases in the mid 2000s in NZ to make sure that children impacted in any way by violence in their neighbourhood or community could have their needs effectively met.
A piece in the ODT today by UNICEF spells it out:
If we are serious about breaking the cycle of family violence and moving towards a generation that does not accept violence as a normalised part of family life, we must have informed advocates for children.
I guess preventing violence towards kids might be one of those non-essential “nice to have” services that Bill English says we can do without. After all you can’t really measure the acts of violence that don’t happen.
As Annette King said in her release yesterday: What’s the real story?