Children’s Commissioner cautions that police paying for child abuse tipoffs leaves them open to ‘trumped up complaints’
TVNZ One News 25 July 2016
Family First Comment: Hallelujah! A Children’s Commissioner with some common sense!!!!
“Complaints could be made for money. They could be trumped up complaints, they could be half truths used to further the interests of a party. So it would have to be for serious alleged instances where no other information is available,” Mr Beecroft said.”
Children’s Commissioner Andrew Beecroft is cautiously supporting a police proposal to pay people to dob in child abusers.
The plan has been revealed as another shocking and horrendous story of neglect has come to light, after a landlord found faeces and maggots in a Nelson house where two children under nine had been living.
Other child abuse cases have ended fatally and Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson says people had known abuse was going on.
“When we look and debrief cases like Nia Glassie, Kahui twins, we know that within the family environment there are people there that know the offending or abuse is taking place,” he said.
Mr Beecroft supports the idea of paying informants.
“With proper safeguards to those serious situations who could be against it if it saves the life of a child?” he said.
But the former Youth Court judge concedes people could abuse the system.
“Complaints could be made for money. They could be trumped up complaints, they could be half truths used to further the interests of a party. So it would have to be for serious alleged instances where no other information is available,” Mr Beecroft said.
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