22 Jul 2011

Lobby group wants inquiry into child abuse

3:51 pm on 22 July 2011

Family First wants an independent inquiry similar to the one being conducted into the Pike River mine tragedy, to be held into child abuse.

On average one child dies every five weeks in this country from abuse.

National Director Bob McCoskrie describes that as a national disgrace and says the deep-rooted causes of child abuse, such as alcohol and drugs, are not being tackled.

He says an investigation is being held into the Pike River Mine tragedy, but the deaths of children from abuse are being ignored.

He says an independent inquiry should be held.

The Government is preparing to issue a Green Paper to start a public debate on valuing and protecting children.

More on this can be heard on Insight on Sunday.