Family Violence: Children Get Hurt

Many children in Aotearoa are exposed to violence between their parents.  Despite this violence not being aimed at children, they are still harmed by it.

This article aims to support those working with children and their whānau to increase understanding about the issues many children face, and the possible long term effects of this.

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Resilient Rangatahi

Sooner or later everyone will have to face difficulties during their life. Being able to cope with, and even benefit from, these times is important for development. The ability to do this is often called ‘resilience’.    But, what do we mean by ‘resilience’? And how can parents, whānau, teachers or others working with rangatahi (young people) support them to develop it? To read the full article, click here

Understanding adolescents who have experienced early adversity

A number of children in New Zealand experience adversity during their early years, such as chaotic or violent family environments, abuse, neglect, poverty, and parental substance use. These adverse experiences can contribute to a number of difficulties for them, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. It’s important that teachers and others working with adolescents understand how adversity can disrupt development and ways to provide much-needed support for these young people.  To read the full article, click here 

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

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