Month: December 2011

Excellent Aussie commentary on smacking

Parent’s love leads to disciplineJane Fynes-Clinton From: The Courier-Mail December 29, 2011 THE S-word has bobbed up again, obfuscating what is truly important, selfishly drawing attention and stealing rational decision-making. Smacking is always a contentious topic, the kind on which…

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CYF doubles compensation payouts in 2011

3 News 28 Dec 2011 The amount of compensation Child, Youth and Family paid out in 2011 for failing those in its care has more than doubled from the previous year. The government agency forked out a little over $837,000…

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Mea culpa: CYF should have done better

Radio New Zealand 22 Dec 2011 Child, Youth & Family, the principal Government agency responsible for child protection says it should have done a better job protecting a nine year old girl abused by her mother. CYF was among 25…

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Girls face charges over school bullying attack

NZ Herald 19 Dec 2011 Two 14-year-old girls will face “serious” assault charges after a brutal bully attack on a classmate that left the girl with spinal injuries. Fourteen-year-old Adriana Kemp is recovering in hospital from surgery in which screws…

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Childhood in front of TV leads to unemployment

Sunday Star Times 18 Dec 2011 A childhood spent in front of the box leads to an adulthood spent in the dole queue, new research from Otago University suggests. In a world-first study, researchers have found a correlation between the…

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Progress!! Well done Women’s Refuge

After getting a verbal lashing from the head of the Women’s Refuge for arguing that the “White Ribbon” Campaign should not be a gender approach to family violence, it was a pleasure to hear their latest ad. Have a listen…

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Girls in single-parent families at greater risk of obesity

The Conservation 16 Dec 2011 In Australia, girls in single-parent families are at a higher risk of being overweight or obese than children in dual-parent families. This fits with recent research findings from the United States showing that children in…

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