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Finding Ways of Dealing with Child Abuse for Faith Communities Wellington Council of Christians and Jews Symposium, 7 November, 2007 Dr Cindy Kiro. Child Abuse. New Zealand Herald 31.8.07.

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Finding Ways of Dealing with Child Abuse for Faith Communities

Wellington Council of Christians and Jews Symposium, 7 November, 2007

Dr Cindy Kiro


Child abuse
Child Abuse Communities

New Zealand Herald 31.8.07


“The family, community or society that understands and values its children thrives – the society that does not is destined to fail”

“The health and creativity of a community is renewed each generation through its children”

Bruce Perry 2007


“What maltreated children most need is a healthy community to buffer the pain, distress and loss caused by their earlier trauma. What works to heal them is anything that increases the number and quality of a child’s relationships. What helps is consistent, patient and repetitive loving care.”

Professor Bruce Perry, 2006


What do children need to develop healthily? to buffer the pain, distress and loss caused by their earlier trauma. What works to heal them is anything that increases the number and quality of a child’s relationships. What helps is consistent, patient and repetitive loving care.”

  • Children need to be bonded to their

  • carers and feel secure

  • in their care

  • Children need protection from

  • inappropriate discipline and

  • violence

  • Children need stimulation

  • Children need attention and

  • encouragement


Nurturing children
Nurturing Children to buffer the pain, distress and loss caused by their earlier trauma. What works to heal them is anything that increases the number and quality of a child’s relationships. What helps is consistent, patient and repetitive loving care.”

Support positive parenting Strengthen the fabric of your community. Strengthen evidence-informed programmes that support children and families

Smith, Gollop, Taylor & Marshall, 2004



And consider… people?

Understand the causes, nature and impact of child abuse and neglect Establish protocols for handling cases where child abuse has been disclosed or where abuse or neglect is suspectedStaff screeningListen to children and young peopleReport suspected abuse or neglect


Useful resources

Useful Resources people?

"Protecting Children From Abuse: Guidelines for Organisations Working With Children” by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner

A resource developed to enhance organisations and community groups ability to recognise abuse and respond appropriately. It also looks at how to protect children from abuse within organisations and community groups.

“How Can I Tell” by CPS, provides basic information on how to recognise abuse or potential abuse.

“Well Prepared” by CPS, a comprehensive guideline designed to offer an example of how a child protection policy might look and be developed

“Safe Not Sorry” by CPS, a useful guide for the screening of staff to ensure that they are safe people to work with children and young people.


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