13 Aug 2013

Minister praised for protecting vulnerable children

10:32 pm on 13 August 2013

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is showing strong leadership on protecting vulnerable children from abuse, child advocacy group Te Kahui Mana Riki says.

Mrs Bennett on Tuesday announced a number of measures to protect vulnerable children, including giving courts the power to impose Child Harm Prevention Orders on adults assessed as posing a serious risk to children.

As well, parents who have abused or killed a child will have to prove they are safe to parent again.

Te Kahui Mana Riki executive director Anton Blank said child abuse cases that came to public attention were often not isolated incidents.

In the most serious cases, the question must be whether those parents or caregivers should ever have children in their care again.

The measures are included in the Vulnerable Children Bill, which will be introduced to Parliament soon.