Manukau Courier : February 8th 2011
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Papatoetoe library Until February 18 -- Chinese board games February 9 -- Chinese knotting demonstration; basic paper cutting February 11 -- lantern making February 16 -- dough figurine making; Chinese dancing February 18 -- dumpling wrapping demonstration. Manukau library February 17 -- Chinese knotting; Chinese danc- ing. Otahuhu library February 16 -- lantern- making workshop for everyone including the Akozone children. Go to www.aucklandlib raries.govt.nz for details. Paula wants action -- so do we Appalled at the level of abuse New Zea- land children suffer, Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett wants -- and expects -- action. She says her nominee to investigate what she describes as the horrific abuse of a nine-year-old west Auckland girl has my full backing and that of my ministerial colleagues to ask the hard questions of the numerous government and non-government agencies involved . She says she wants to know why the financial resources and number of pro- fessionals engaged in this area has made little difference to the shocking statistics. In a statement to this column she says she wants broader public debate on New Zealand s shocking abuse statistics. Here is her reaction: You make a valid point regarding the value of Lord Laming s inquiry. It was a strong piece of work instigated by an appalling case of child abuse in the United Kingdom. Yes, there are similarities between that case and abuse we have seen in this country. However, I do not believe bringing the highly respected Lord Laming to New Zealand is the answer. Let me tell you why. On January 20 I announced a minis- terial inquiry into a horrifying case of abuse against a nine-year-old child. Two people face a litany of abuse charges and court proceedings are under way. As a result I must be extremely cau- tious to avoid prejudicing the trial in any way. Once the children are safe this is most important legal priority. However, questions remain about the way agencies worked together and I believe this cannot wait until the con- clusion of the legal process. This is why I asked Mel Smith to head the inquiry and he immediately began work the day of the announce- ment. Mel Smith has my full backing and that of my ministerial colleagues to ask the hard questions of the numerous gov- ernment and non-government agencies involved. I fully expect the recommendations will lead to further work. I would welcome a broader public debate about abuse and neglect, because, quite frankly, I continue to be appalled at the level of abuse New Zea- land children suffer. Also in the mailbag: I just read one of your earlier columns, Tiny voices from the grave, and it broke my heart. I believe that every single one of us has the responsibility to speak out for those who can t do so for themselves. If I saw that happen to my neighbours/friends/family/person down the street I would stop short of nothing to prevent another child from suffering from that sort of abuse. I came from an abusive relationship. I understand how hard it is to leave. But there is no excuse for not protecting your children. I left when I finally realised that he wasn t going to change and that our son would be next in his firing line. I could not accept that. So I don t have empathy for anyone how could stand by and let a child get hurt. If you do nothing, it s as bad as strik- ing that child yourself. Thank you for doing your part. I m going to go hug my kids now. -- Name supplied I have just finished reading your article and I m both extremely sad for children involved, yet equally angry at those who took their lives and received such pathetic sentences. It is sickening stuff. I m a mother of a two- year-old and I cannot imagine ever hurting her or allowing someone else to do so. My first priority is to protect and love her, and that is a child s right. Thank for you being so brave as to write down the facts. It must have been a very difficult article to write. -- Helen North, North Shore I am fortunate not have had to live through such an ordeal and nor do I wish this upon my children or anyone s that I know. I am dreadfully sorry for all those who have been subjected to such monstrosities and their treatment is unforgivable. I wish to offer you my full support in your journey to abolish this country s tolerance for child abuse! I am a single mum and I am very waryofwhoIletintomineandmy children s lives. I truly congratulate you on your standing up to the world. I am a student nurse also and I am sure that in my career I will come across such tragedies. -- Carmel Destounis Wouldn t bringing Lord Laming to New Zealand just be more of the same old thing? Getting another report with all the recommendations is the easy bit. The problem is ensuring that what the report recommends is enforced, and it is this issue that the minister needs to be addressing. She needs to look at issues such as: Is more training needed on how to recog- nise signs of abuse or neglect, what happens when people report concerns and why are they often ignored, why is there not more follow-up and monitoring when concerns have been raised, why is help not immediately put in place for families at risk, why is there not more co-operation between all agencies? Not only social agencies but the courts dealing with child welfare issues need to be included in any investigation. Parental rights seem to be the priority over the welfare of the child. I have experience of reporting serious concerns relating to a child only to see this promoted in the court as fabri- cation on the part of a family member before any investigation was carried out, and which the judge appeared to endorse. I walked out of the court feeling absolute disgust for all those involved, and complaints made to the minister of justice, the judicial ombudsman and the prime minister about this issue have brought no response. If the courts are going to treat such issues in that manner what incentive is there for people to report concerns? As a CYFS social worker told me the court is the highest authority and we can t go against them. -- Anne Tomlinson, Browns Bay Several readers have written in sup- port with details of their family experiences with the system. Thank you. You have provided valuable back- ground material but space and some- times legal issues prevent me publishing them. To contact Pat Booth email offpat@ snl.co.nz or write care of this newspaper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publication. Common thread: Burns survivor Jack Kelly, 15, takes part in outdoor fun at the Burn Support Group Charitable Trust summer camp at Ararimu. Camp for burns kids By MELISSA KINEALY Kids at a special summer camp all had one thing in common -- they re burn survivors. But that didn t stop the nine youngsters from all over New Zealand congre- gating at the Chosen Val- ley Christian Camp for an outdoor playground of kayaking, mud fights, a flying fox and more. The annual camp is just one of the services the Burn Support Group Charitable Trust provides. Fifteen-year-old Jack Kelly came up from Masterton for the camp which he says helped him understand other people have more serious burns than he does. People need to know we are just the same as them but we have scars. Trust administrator Carrie Trow was there for the three-day camp at Ararimu and says while making sure everyone has a good time is important it s also about building con- fidence. These kids are amazing, she says. The camps are a great oppor- tunity for them to meet people who ve had a simi- lar experience and they become friends for life. All travel and accomoda- tion costs are covered by the trust which relies on donations and grants. The trust helps around 1500 burns survivors and has been doing so since 1987. Go to www.burns. org.nz for more information on the trust and its summer camps or to make a donation.
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