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September 28, 2017 at 4:53 PM

Northland's first kindergarten social worker begins two-year pilot role

A social worker is working in five Northland kindergartens as a way to provide early interventions for vulnerable children.

Chrissie Browne, who has previously worked for Family Works in Whangarei as a Social Worker in Schools (a Government initiative) and is also a qualified early childhood teacher, is now working in five Whangarei kindergartens as part of an initiative by Family Works, a not-for-profit organisation.


Social work 'not just a job'

A baby girl with broken bones who barely survived her injuries is an extreme case of child abuse, but not an unusual one, social workers say.

The baby, who had a fractured skull and is now on anti-seizure medication, is just one of more than 100 cases being overseen by a single team of south Auckland social workers.


The demanding and challenging days of a social worker

In Lydia Rae's job, she bears witness to some of the most traumatic, life-changing events a person can experience. 

Tumours found in children, premature babies whisked away from their mothers for life-saving treatment, and toddlers with unexplained bruises and broken bones are just a portion of what the social worker sees day to day.

"It sometimes feels like you're being asked to solve an impossible situation," said Rae, the social work professional lead at the Taranaki District Hospital Board.


$470 a week to live in a Ranui Caravan Park

Western Park Village is a caravan park located in Ranui, west Auckland, which caters for "those needing temporary housing".

But it has become a permanent home for many residents who have nowhere else to go, and it stands as a stark example of what happens when access to housing moves beyond the reach of society's most vulnerable.

Newshub visited the park to speak to residents living on the frontline of New Zealand's housing crisis.


Waru in cinemas next month after ovation at Toronto screening

A New Zealand movie exploring the complexity of child abuse and themes of culture, custom, and shame is set to hit the big screen next month.

Waru (meaning eight) shows its viewers a single death through the differing lenses of extended whanau, the community and national media. The differing lenses are provided by the films' eight female Maori producers, each given a 10-minute time frame to share their insight into child abuse.


Mother who allegedly harmed her own children was overly vigilant and anxious - lawyer

The woman mentioned in this story has name suppression due to a High Court order. 

A mother who allegedly abused her two children by intentionally making them ill was in fact simply an anxious, overly vigilant parent, a court has been told.

The case against the woman, known only as 'L', is in its final stages in the High Court at Auckland. 


Success stories emerge from Gisborne family violence programme

A NEW iwi and police family violence programme is making progress after only months.

Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke was set up in response to this district having the worst family violence rates in the country.


Closer state care monitoring needed to prevent repeat of historical abuse - advocates

Another generation risks being ruined by abuse in state care, unless better independent monitoring systems are introduced, advocates warn.

Wellington human rights lawyer Sonja Cooper said closer monitoring was needed to protect the 5700 children in state care against the profound damage caused by abuse.

Cooper has spent the past 20 years representing victims who were sexually, physically and psychologically abused in state care, mostly from the 1940s to 1990s. Her youngest historical abuse client is just 17, and a growing cohort are aged 20-30, indicating abuse is far from relegated to the distant past.


Synthetic drugs and a hot car: The 'bad dream' life and death of baby Isaiah Neil

Investigation: How social workers missed the 12 danger signs in the life and death of Isaiah Neil, who was left in a hot car while his carers smoked synthetic drugs


Midwife reprimanded after speaking out about abuse and neglect in South Auckland

A sick midwife who posted a heartfelt message about the horrific situations she came across in South Auckland has been forced to take it down.

Former Counties Manukau midwife Danielle Hart-Murray's post describing the poor health of many children, young women impregnated by relatives, and terrible living conditions went viral with 474 shares in the week since she posted it.


Our children are still dying from physical abuse

By the time you read this we will have decided who will run the country for the next three years.

Most of us would have been influenced by the issues that affect us the most: the economy, education, health, housing and the environment when making our decision.

But when we voted, how many of us considered the 56 children who died as a result of child abuse and neglect between 2009 and 2015?


Youth in court for robbery at highest level since 2008

The number of children and teenagers appearing in court for robbery is the highest in almost a decade.

Ministry of Justice figures reveal the number of 10-to-16-year-olds charged with robbery has jumped by 56 percent in the past year alone.


Man beats partner after she refuses to take off shoes in bed

A Whanganui man punched his partner five times after she refused to take off her shoes in bed.

Jesse James Smyth pleaded guilty to manually assaulting a female when he appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.


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