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What is the target?

Reduce the number of children experiencing physical and sexual abuse by 20 percent by 2021.

Why is this important for New Zealand?

Every child and young person has a right to grow up in a safe environment. Safety from physical and sexual abuse sets the foundation for positive future physical and mental development, helps children establish effective relationships with their families, communities and iwi, and breaks the negative cycle of deprivation and disadvantage.

How will we know we are achieving this result?

The target for reducing the number of children and young people experiencing assaults and sexual abuse is ambitious. It will mean reducing the number of children experiencing physical and sexual abuse by 800.

Performance against the target will be measured using the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki data on substantiated physical and sexual abuse.

In addition to the target measure, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will also be tracking two supporting measures:

  • the total number of children experiencing abuse of any type, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect
  • the percentage of children who experience a repeat Report of Concern within 12 months.

What are we doing to achieve this result?

Actions to reduce the number of children experiencing physical and sexual abuse will be at the centre of a major programme of work within the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will lead and be ultimately responsible for achieving the target, but will need cooperation and support from Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development, as well as Police and Corrections.

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will also require active support and feedback from families, communities and iwi to better design and deliver services and support that work.

There is no single way to address this target. Actions will be taken across a number of areas, with the main focus on:

  • reducing sexual violence towards children and young people
  • reducing family violence directed at, or in the presence of children and young people
  • reducing physical violence towards children and young people
  • improving parenting skills
  • improving sexuality education and promoting healthy practices
  • addressing parental mental health and addiction.

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