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Go Above And Beyond Current Law To Keep Children Safe

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 9:47 am | Child Matters

Reports this week that a convicted sex offender acted as Santa Claus at a daycare Christmas party are yet another startling reminder that the current vetting laws for those working with children are simply not enough, says Child Matters CEO, Jane ... More >>

Child Abuse Continues Unchecked

Sunday, 20 September 2020, 2:49 pm | Child Matters

Child abuse advocacy group, Child Matters, is frustrated that calls to make Police vetting and child protection training mandatory for everyone who works with children have gone unheard Child Matters Chief Executive, Jane Searle, says while changes ... More >>

Mandatory Police Vetting A Must For Working With Children

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 10:40 am | Child Matters

A child abuse advocacy group is backing calls to make Police vetting mandatory for everyone who works with children – saying the current rules don’t go far enough. Child Matters Chief Executive Jane Searle says the recent case of a convicted paedophile ... More >>

Keep A Watchful Eye For Lockdown Abuse

Sunday, 3 May 2020, 4:56 pm | Child Matters

With some children back at school – and more set to head back when New Zealand eventually moves to Level 2 – teachers, aides and the wider community are urged to keep a close eye on the welfare of children after the COVID-19 lockdown. Child ... More >>

Keep A Watchful Eye For Lockdown Abuse

Sunday, 3 May 2020, 4:56 pm | Child Matters

With some children back at school – and more set to head back when New Zealand eventually moves to Level 2 – teachers, aides and the wider community are urged to keep a close eye on the welfare of children after the COVID-19 lockdown. Child ... More >>

Loyalty no excuse in child abuse

Friday, 16 March 2018, 3:26 pm | Child Matters

Every adult who is part of a child's life needs to take responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of that child, according to child advocacy group Child Matters. More >>

Child Matters offer child protection services

Friday, 26 January 2018, 4:53 pm | Child Matters

New Zealand sporting organisations and clubs are being reminded to review their policies, practices and training in regards to keeping children and young people safe. More >>

Lessons learnt 10 years on from Nia Glassie death

Sunday, 30 July 2017, 2:54 pm | Child Matters

Child advocacy group Child Matters says the 10th anniversary of the death of Rotorua three-year-old, Nia Glassie, is a timely reminder to reflect on the issues of child abuse in our community – and also that a focus on further progress must not let ... More >>

Child advocacy organisation confirms new CEO

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 10:39 am | Child Matters

A former lawyer and child abuse detective has been appointed as the new chief executive of child advocacy organisation, Child Matters. Jane Searle was appointed to the role in March after spending two years as general manager of Child Matters. She takes ... More >>

Attempted abduction an education reminder

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 1:18 pm | Child Matters

The attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl outside an Auckland school this week is a timely reminder about educating parents, children and the community about how to manage such situations, says child advocacy group Child Matters. More >>

Children pay the price for family violence

Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 12:13 pm | Child Matters

Friday’s (sub: Nov 25) White Ribbon day, which aims to end family violence against women, serves as a reminder not to forget the children when it comes to matters of domestic abuse. More >>

Significant growth in training numbers

Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 4:10 pm | Child Matters

A record 5,520 people from health, education, justice and the social sector organisations have received training in child protection this year from charitable organisation, Child Matters – a significant increase in attendees of 40.3 per cent over the previous ... More >>

Charity hopes outrage leads to prevention

Friday, 20 May 2016, 1:15 pm | Child Matters

National child abuse prevention charitable trust, Child Matters, hopes the overwhelming national outrage following the death of a three year old Taupo boy as a result of child abuse, will ultimately help lead to a greater protection of New Zealand’s ... More >>

Buddy Day used as tool for community transformation plan

Thursday, 10 September 2015, 1:41 pm | Child Matters

In year five of running community engagement event Buddy Day, organisers are excited to announce Buddy Day is back on 13 November 2015 – now in five North Island locations. More >>

Protecting children is everybody's business

Friday, 10 July 2015, 9:42 am | Child Matters

Children are our most vulnerable population and not enough is being done to protect them, says child protection organisation Child Matters. More >>

“Champion for Children” Awarded Honorary Fellowship

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 11:21 am | Child Matters

Child Matters founder and chief executive Anthea Simcock was awarded an honorary degree from Wintec today in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to preventing child abuse in New Zealand. More >>

Buddy Day presented at UN Human Rights Council

Friday, 13 March 2015, 10:10 am | Child Matters

New Zealand child abuse awareness campaign Buddy Day received international recognition this week at a presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. More >>

Safe recruitment guidelines for children's workforce

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 2:36 pm | Child Matters

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched new guidelines supporting agencies and organisations who work with children to create safe environments for New Zealand children. More >>

Importance of Choosing an Appropriate Babysitter

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 3:49 pm | Child Matters

Parents cannot be too careful in deciding who they will leave in charge of their children, says national child abuse prevention organisation Child Matters. This advice follows news yesterday when a woman was charged with the murder of a one-year-old ... More >>

Community and national leaders lined up to attend Buddy Day

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 2:21 pm | Child Matters

Buddy Day, taking place this Friday (14 November), is shaping up to be an action-packed event with overwhelming support from community and national leaders in the four participating centres of Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland. More >>