How to protect Upper Hutt’s vulnerable children

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council

A discussion paper launched by the Government in June allows people to have their say on its approach to policy on children. “This presents a unique opportunity for the people of Upper Hutt. This Green Paper gives communities a chance to give …26 October 2011

How to protect Upper Hutt’s vulnerable children

Government ‘Green Paper for Vulnerable Children’ gives Upper Hutt community the opportunity to influence its policy on child wellbeing.

Upper Hutt, Wellington, 26 Oct 2011—A discussion paper launched by the Government in June allows people to have their say on its approach to policy on children. “This presents a unique opportunity for the people of Upper Hutt. This Green Paper gives communities a chance to give feedback on how we can better protect our country’s most neglected and disadvantaged children.” says Jessica Setu, Advisor from Community Services at Upper Hutt City Council.

The Child, Youth and Family statistics of the year 2009/2010 show that there were 21,000 cases of abuse and neglect. Children who have had Child, Youth and Family contact are five times more likely to fall into the hands of the Department of Corrections by the age of 20 years.

“Parents and caregivers have the ultimate responsibility to ensure their children feel safe and secure in a thriving environment. This can be done successfully in a supportive and strong community. Upper Hutt has multiple health and wellbeing services working with family and whanau towards a brighter future for their children. This paper gives us the chance to address any gaps in service and to highlight the need for more funding for proven programmes” says Ms Setu.

A link to the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children can be found on the UHCC website, along with details on how to make a submission. Council also has copies of a resource on how to make a submission, which is free to all residents. The submission period closes on 28 February 2012.

For more information on the Green Paper or what services are available in Upper Hutt for families and whanau, please contact Community Services at community@uhcc.govt.nz

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07’34” S, 175°04’06” E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

For more information on Upper Hutt City and the City Council, go to www.upperhuttcity.com

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