'Nation needs to stand up' to child abuse

  • 12/08/2015
'Nation needs to stand up' to child abuse

Two people have been arrested and police are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy.

Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri was admitted to hospital with critical injuries in Taupo on Monday.

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The death comes just days after four-year-old Maggie Watson died in unexplained circumstances in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga.

Police are revealing few details in both of these cases.

So far this year, five children under five have been killed in suspicious circumstances - so how do we ensure our young and vulnerable are actually safe in their own homes?

Child Matters chief executive Anthea Simcock joined Paul Henry this morning to discuss why there are so many tragic deaths like Moko's.

"In a nutshell, it's because we tolerate it and we often say 'What's the Government going to do [and] who should we blame?'," says Ms Simcock. "But until we as a nation stand up and say that 'It's not the Government's fault, it's our responsibility – what else can we do?' I doubt that we will get on top of it."

If you have concerns about the safety of a child, you can call Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) for advice. If the social worker thinks the child is in immediate danger they will act on it within 24 hours. Alternatively, if you aren’t sure you could call the Family Violence Information Line (0800 456 450) for advice.

Watch the video for the full interview with Anthea Simcock.