| New Zealand News | Saturday September 22 2012 19:02
Anti-violence campaigners are pleased by a drop in the number of substantiated child abuse cases reported by Child, Youth and Family.
It fell by 559 in the year to June.
Child Matters says while it's positive, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that there is still a significant number of children experiencing abuse and neglect.
It says New Zealand still has one of the highest rates of death by child abuse in the OECD.
The group says when every adult takes responsibility for keeping children safe, our society has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of all children and families affected by abuse.