16 Oct 2012

Support vulnerable whanau to help at-risk children - Kohanga

6:57 am on 16 October 2012

A group representing some Maori language pre-schools says the Government's plan to stop child abuse is short-sighted.

Te Kohanga National Trust Board says for officials to address vulnerable children, they need to engage with and strengthen vulnerable whanau as well.

Trustee of the board Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi says her organisation has always prioritised the role of the extended whanau.

She says, thankfully, many services are now moving to grow family involvement, dignity and responsibility based on the Whanau Ora policy.

The Government's Vulnerable Children White Paper was released last week, and includes a plan to use a computer system to identify which children are at risk of being abused or neglected.