27 Aug 2012

Some child welfare changes should be mandatory - advocate

8:49 pm on 27 August 2012

Maori child advocacy group Te Kahui Mana Ririki says the future is looking brighter for tamariki.

Group executive director of Te Kahui Mana Ririki, Anton Blank, says a great deal of work to improve the welfare of children is underway.

New initiatives most recently recommended to the Government - following a study of the Netherlands' successful systems - include training for parents and more emphasis on early childhood education,

Mr Blank says his organisation supports four of the recommendations and says some such as the training for parents should be mandatory.

He says New Zealand also needs more state housing for families in need, and to promote children as the most important members of the family.

Mr Blanksays he's confident the work, including the Government's Green Paper for Vulnerable Children, will result in action.

It's the greatest focus on children's issues that he has seen in the 20 years he has worked in the sector.