Why should we care? The neglect and abuse of children in New Zealand

Society reaps what it sows in nurturing its children. Whether abuse of a child is physical, psychological, or sexual, it sets off a ripple of hormonal changes that wire the child’s brain to cope with a malevolent world. It predisposes the child to have a biological basis for fear, though he may act and pretend otherwise.” (Teicher, 2016)

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Link between adverse childhood experiences and adult health issues

Our understanding of the link between adverse childhood experiences and adult health issues has been deepened by longitudinal research from the United States. These findings indicate strong links between adverse experiences during childhood and adolescence, and medical problems and unhealthy behaviours that occur later in life. Read more

The Economics of Early Intervention

This report explores the economic benefits of early intervention for children in Aotearoa. There is an increasing body of evidence that shows the earlier the investment in human capital, the higher the rate of return. Read more

The Psychobiology of Neglect

Child neglect, the most prevalent form of child maltreatment, is associated with adverse psychological and educational outcomes. In this article the author comprhensively outlines the issues involved in the psychobiological research of child neglect.  Read the full article by Michael D. Bellis, Duke University, USA here.

What Childhood Neglect Tells Us About Nature and Nurture

Studies of childhood abuse and neglect have important lessons for considerations of nature and nurture. Childhood Experience and the Expression of Genetic Potential: What Childhood Neglect Tells Us About Nature and Nurture by Dr Bruce Perry’s – Brain and Mind 3:79-100, 2002.  Read the full article here.

Green Paper for Vulnerable Children

The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children is a discussion document which the government is using to test public opinion on how to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. Read more

Valuing Prevention

This paper summarizes evidence on the effects of early environments on child, adolescent & adult acheivement. Life cycle skill formation is a dynamic process in which early inputs strongly affect the productivity of later inputs.  Read more

Perspective Article by Dr Annabel Taylor

On 9 July Chief Justice Sian Elias gave a speech that ignited national debate on New Zealand’s criminal justice system. Perhaps the speech and the subsequent debate will stimulate some new thinking to guide policy on our responses to criminality.   Read more