Story: Child abuse

Child, Youth and Family notifications, investigations and confirmations, 2003–2015

These diagrams show the number of child abuse and neglect notifications Child Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children) received, the number of cases which were investigated further and the number of confirmed cases per financial year between 2003 and 2008, 2011 and 2015. The number of notifications increased during the first five years, while the proportion of cases identified as requiring further investigation was higher in the latter period. Emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse, and sexual abuse the least common.

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Source: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse; Ministry for Social Development annual reports, 2010/11-2014/15

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Child abuse - Rates of child abuse', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 Apr 2018