The next set of figures is interesting and quite misleading unless you read through the text carefully. Since 2007/08 the Police have been required to notify CYF whenever they attend a family violence incident where children are present. Up until 2010/11 the police referrals were combined in general notifications. Last year where they did not require further action they have been listed separately. So what the following chart actually shows is that notifications not requiring further action are increasing.
table CY.1: Numbers of notifications received and requiring further action
|Outcome of initial assessment of notifications received||Number of notifications received1,2|
|Notifications requiring further action||43,845||40,739||49,224||55,494||57,949|
|Police family violence referrals3||-||-||-||-||57,153|
|Notifications not requiring further action||28,082||48,722||61,573||69,427||35,645|
|Total notifications received||71,927||89,461||110,797||124,921||150,747|
And what is the ethnic make-up of the children who are subject to these notifications?
Nearly one half of the notifications requiring further action were concerned with Māori children and young people Of the notifications requiring further action between 2008/2009 and 2010/2011: around 46% concerned children and young people identified as Māori 31% concerned children and young people identified as European around 11% concerned children and young people identified as Pacific people.
What type of abuse was found?
table CY.3: Substantiated findings by type
|Type of finding||2006/2007||2007/2008||2008/2009||2009/2010||2010/2011|
|Number of abuse and neglect findings from investigation of notifications1,2|
|Total abuse and neglect findings||16,210||16,290||19,596||21,025||22,087|
So how can the picture be summed up? More notifications of which a smaller proportion required further action. However actual substantiations have also increased. So, notwithstanding I haven't accounted for any demographic change, and CYF may be being over-zealous, it looks very much like the overall situation for children is not improving.