NZ needs to change attitudes towards child abuse, charity says

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Thursday, 14 December 2017, 7:32AM
Moko Rangitoheriri was killed when he was just three years old. (Photo / File)

A domestic violence service provider has said we need to change our attitudes towards child abuse.

The Coroner's report into the death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri recommends every child be registered and then monitored up until the age of five.

Shine manager Jill Proudfoot says acting on this advice could help save lives.

She told Rachel Smalley brutality is not uncommon in New Zealand, and under the current system children are slipping through the cracks.

"It's kind of put asides as a small section of the population, but actually it's the large of societal attitudes which allow it to continue."

Children's Minister Tracey Martin rejected the idea of a register, saying that the vast majority of families love and care for their kids.

She understands what Dr Bain is trying to do, but said there are better ways to reduce child abuse.

"To actually have a compulsory sort of register with a state agency with the right to drop by out of the blue to check if you are looking after your children, it sounds extreme to me."

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