NEW ZEALAND: Green Paper for Vulnerable Children - Every child thrives, belongs, achieves

Summary: The Government is inviting comments on its Green Paper on children.

Why do we need Green Paper?

The Green Paper is about testing these ideas before making decisions.

While New Zealand has a strong foundation of services and support for children and families, there is more that needs to be done to help our children grow, develop and achieve.

The facts speak for themselves:

  • Every year an average of 10 children die at the hands of the people closest to them, the people they love and trust.
  • More and more New Zealanders are coming forward with their concerns about suspected abuse or neglect of children. In fact notifications to Child, Youth and Family grew by 205 per cent from 2004 to 2010 and 148 of those were confirmed by social workers.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, 13,315 children under five were admitted to hospital for conditions that could have been avoided and 1,286 were admitted because of assault, neglect or maltreatment.
  • Over 30,000 students are truant from schools on any given day, and 7,342 school leavers left with no qualification in 2009.

The Green Paper aims to open up discussions about these issues and many more and it is a chance for you to have your say.

What can you do?

Have your say and let us know what you think by making a submission before 28 February 2012. You can make a submission online, on the Facebook page, in person at hui or fono, by email to, or posting your submission to:

Green Paper for Vulnerable Children
PO Box 1556

Next Steps

Once all of the submissions have been received and analysed, a White Paper will be released outlining the Vulnerable Children's Action Plan which will be published in 2012.

Further information

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