Reducing abuse and assaults on children

Published on
4 May 2017

The Government has announced refreshed Better Public Services targets, to further improve the lives of New Zealanders. This includes setting a more ambitious target of reducing the number of children experiencing physical and sexual abuse — by 20 percent by 2021.

Every child and young person has a right to grow up in a safe environment. Safety from physical and sexual abuse sets the foundation for positive future physical and mental development, helps children establish effective relationships with their families, communities and iwi, and breaks the negative cycle of deprivation and disadvantage.

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will lead and be ultimately responsible for achieving the target, but will need cooperation and support from Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development, as well as Police and Corrections.

We will also require active support and feedback from families, communities and iwi to better design and deliver services and support that work.

Find out more about how we will achieve this result and the measurements for success:

Better Public Services Result Action Plan [PDF, 283KB]

State Services Commission website