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The Nutters Club episode on Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse | Maori TV | Mon 2 Dec 2013

The subject of male sexual abuse is the topic of a very frank episode of The Nutters Club on Monday December 2nd at 9:30pm on Maori Television. Mike King and David Codyre speak to Ken Clearwater and Rewi Smith about their experiences as survivors of sexual abuse.

Watch the trailer here on Vimeo

If you miss the episode when it airs on TV, you can watch all episodes online here.

Listen to The Nutters Club live on radio Newstalk ZB, every Sunday at 11pm.

Buddy Day | Auckland | 15 Nov 2013

November 15th is Buddy Day, and if you’re in Auckland, you can be a part of it!

Buddy Day is a fantastic event where you adopt a “Buddy” (cardboard cut-out child) for the day to raise awareness of child abuse and the role we all have in keeping kids safe!  This is a free event – it only requires your time!

How can you be part of Buddy Day?

Click here to register to care for  a Buddy on Buddy Day

Attend the Buddy Day breakfast in Auckland (Ellerslie) to pick up your Buddy (it’s only an hour long).  Take your Buddy around with you for the day to your meetings, events, lunch etc. and share your experiences on Facebook.  Spread the word about Buddy Day by getting your friends and network(s) to be a part of Buddy Day.

Visit www.buddyday.org.nz for more information.

The 1000 Hours Project


The people working at DraftFCB feel very strongly about the disturbing levels of child abuse in New Zealand. But strong feelings alone don’t create change, so they’ve decided to do something. It’s a very big and complex problem, and they know that one advertising agency won’t achieve much on its own. But if they can give a boost to an existing, dedicated, long-term organisation, and help that organisation act as an inspiring example to others, then they believe Draft FCB can make a difference. That’s why they’re donating 1000 hours of their communications expertise to the organisation (or organisations) that can best show Draft FCB how they can use it to help protect New Zealand’s children.

Find out more here.

Front-Line Workers Needed to Share Views with The Glenn Inquiry

The Glenn Inquiry is an initiative to being people together to make a difference to New Zealand’s on-going problem of child abuse and domestic violence. They want you to become part of the project. Everyone’s opinion counts, but right now the Inquiry especially wants to hear from people who work in the field.

What is the Glenn inquiry ?

The inquiry sets out to find out from those people affected by family violence and child abuse what parts of our system are working well and what parts are not. The aim is to produce a blue print and model for the future.  Not simply good ideas developed with the best of intentions.  Rather they’re after evidence-based information.   The inquiry is wanting to answer this question:

If New Zealand was leading the world in addressing child abuse and domestic violence what would that look like?

The Inquiry will be asking people to describe in their own words and from their own viewpoint—their  lived experience.  It will also gather international research and input from their specially assembled Think Tank team—made of up 23 New Zealanders and 13 overseas members.  Then there is the contribution from people who work everyday responding to family violence and child abuse.  You can check out who’s involved here.

With the best of intentions, successive governments have tried to manage the individual and interconnected factors behind child abuse and domestic violence.   There have been numerous reviews, research exercises, and inquiries. All have included recommendations for changes that need to occur.  However, taking the next step to put recommendations into effect has been slow and ineffective to this date. This is what has motivated businessman and philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn to form the Inquiry.  He wants to see if we can break this impasse and together reap the rewards.

Please take a participatory role and share some of the insights and experiences you have from working on the front  line.

There are a number of strengths to The Glenn Inquiry’s structure and approach.  Independence is one.  It will allow fresh eyes and minds to look for solutions.  It will also help to assess what works, what doesn’t, and where we can improve.

There is a great amount of work to be done. The Inquiry team’s desire, however, is that the project is a people’s inquiry.  The direction and focus will stem from individuals and organisations that come forward to participate.  In doing so we guarantee your participation will be treated with respect and in the strictest of confidence.

If you want to know more, and want to register your name as part of the ‘team’, the team would be thrilled to have you on board.  The first step is to ‘visit’ www.glenninquiry.org.nz and register to connect with Hazel Hape who is leading this important workstream!

Glenn Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Seeks Community Input

In July last year Owen Glenn announced that he would fund an independent inquiry to establish why domestic violence and child abuse remains such a major problem in New Zealand and to identify what needs to be done to address this issue.

If you have personal experience of child abuse or domestic violence or work with those who do the Glenn Inquiry team would like to hear from you!

Visit their newly launched website for more information at www.glenninquiry.org.nz

Follow the link below to check out the first newsletter from the Glenn Inquiry https://glenninquiry.org.nz/uploads/files/TheGlennInquiry_Newsletter.pdf



Changes to the Crimes Act from March 19

The following is an excerpt from Margret Barnett-Davidson’s recent article in Kai Tiaki Nursing NZ, February 2012, Vol 18 No 1, p 31.

“…The changes expand the legal duties of those caring for children and increase the maximum penalty for this offence. As part of the recent changes, however, from March 19, the Crimes Act includes a new offence against a new group defined as “vulnerable adults” who, like children, for various reasons are not able to remove themselves from a risk of serious harm.

The changes to the Act include the repeal of the offence of Cruelty to a Child (section 195), replacing this with Ill-treatment or Neglect of Child or Vulnerable Adult (s195), and the new offence of Failure to Protect Child or Vulnerable Adult (s195A).

It is the latter new offence which nurses, midwives and caregivers need to be aware of, as it creates potential criminal liability for a failure to protect a vulnerable person from the potential actions of others – a crime of omission – rather than the more usual crime of commission.

The elements of the new offence have wide reaching implications for health-related institutions and practitioners.”…