Seminar on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children

February 1st, 2012 at 8:45 am by David Farrar

The Social Service Providers Aotearoa Inc. have organised a series of seminars on the .

The Wellingtom seminar is tomorrow Thursday 2 February from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm at St Johns in the City church on Willis Street. Speakers include:

  •  Mai Chen, ChenPalmer, Privacy Act: Barrier or Opportunity to Minimise Harm to Vulnerable Children?
  • Dr Tony Burton, Principal Advisor, Treasury, Addressing the funding barriers to providing effective services for vulnerable children.
  • Dr Ben Mathews, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Does the protection of vulnerable children require a system of mandatory reporting of abuse/neglect?
  • Dr Nicola Atwool, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Sociology, >>Gender and Social Work, University of Otago, Does the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children reflect best practice and robust research?

Looks a very interesting line up of speakers and topics. Only $20 at attend. You can e-mail info@sspa.org.nz to register.

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7 Responses to “Seminar on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children”

  1. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    There’s been plenty of talk about problems with children, these seminars are a chance to actually be involved with looking for solutions.

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  2. Fletch (6,407 comments) says:

    As usual, they will address this problem from the wrong end.

    They’ll try to look at the symptoms and find a cure through possible government programmes and interventions, without actually looking at the source of the problem – the breakdown of families and the pushing of marriage off to one side as being irrelevant.

    Much of modern secular society has a mindset now that sees children as a bad thing.
    We have the pill, condoms, and other contraception so we can have all the sex we want without having babies. And if a woman does happen to get pregnant (horror of horrors!) and doesn’t want the baby, we have abortion to kill off that life.

    If the mindset is that it’s OK to be violent to children in the womb, then is it really a surprise that that attitude toward all children (albeit unknowingly) is prevalent in society as a whole?

    In times past, a baby used to be seen as a blessing – something the whole community celebrated together when a woman fell pregnant. Now with unmarried mothers with boyfriends who have no emotional investment in the child it’s easier for these attacks to occur.

    The solution: Bring marriage back as something to be aspired to and honoured. Strengthen the family unit. Encourage in children sexual abstinence until marriage. Welcome children into a marriage instead of seeing them as a hinderence to career etc..

    I think if we concentrated on these things, we’d see less child abuse over a period of time (and it would take time for new attitudes to sink in). But it won’t happen: instead we’ll see talking heads yammering about government programmes, and passing new laws – eg, more Nanny State.

    We’ve already seen the Smacking Law passed, which didn’t make a damn bit of difference. As I said – it’s concentrating on the symptoms rather than the cause.

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  3. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Great post Fletch.
    I feel the knowing about it and not reporting it is one area where action could be taken..I think something has already happened with this?? Mind you , my experience with the old social welfare was that I reported child abuse twice..The first time I got a letter from a manager who said the young boys injury was a sporting injury..I still don’t know what kind of sport involves being shoved thru a glass door! This social worker later reached the top job..Another time , I was laughed at and discredited by an older social worker..the offender was deemed more acceptable than myself and it was implied that I was lying..so not a good strike rate from someone who was prepared to speak up..I think the reality is that people hesitate to report someone . By the time an offender has been reported , there has probably already been a lot of abuse.

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  4. DJP6-25 (1,388 comments) says:

    Fletch 11:19 am. Dead right.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  5. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    The solution: Bring marriage back as something to be aspired to and honoured. Strengthen the family unit. Encourage in children sexual abstinence until marriage.

    We should promote marriage, or at least a long term committed relationship, as something to be aspired to and regarded as advantageous to kids. And abstinence or responsible contraception should also be promoted. This will take significcant education and promotion.

    It will still be necessary to address the issues of abuse, violence, alcohol and drug use, parental education etc

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  6. Griff (7,791 comments) says:

    Not being married and abusing kids is not the same
    I am a hard atheist why would I believe that vows before god seal my union
    Many middle Class now choose not to marry yet successfully raise children

    The problem is not a contract with god its having a sense of responsibility

    Those that breed uncontrollable with no thought of bringing up the offspring they produce are the problem
    ferals

    We pay them to do it FFS

    Stop paying those on welfare to breed
    Temporarily sterilize those who have kids removed by cyf
    Dont put removed kids back into the same feral lifestyle. toxic family’s are not the place for kids
    Small steps that will make a difference.

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  7. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    The Dunedin seminar is being held on the 9th February.

    It is being sponsored by the mayor so there’s no cost, but places are limited so registration is essential.

    Green Paper for vulnerable children seminar – Dunedin

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