Thursday, October 11, 2012

Useful research for a change

It's pleasing to see some really useful research being undertaken. The NZ Herald article I linked to in earlier post contained the following:
The model was developed by the University of Auckland after assessing 52,000 children born between 2003 and 2006 whose parent or parents were on a benefit, and monitoring them for five years.

The apologists for welfare who refuse to acknowledge a link between long-term benefit dependence and child abuse/neglect will be dismayed to read the above.

A 1996 study revealed that a CYPF Care and Protection notification was 3.8 times more likely to occur when the child lived in a benefit dependent home. I asked MSD if they were going to repeat the research and was told there were no plans to.

But the Auckland University has been working on an exercise that would probably reveal something similar. Will have to investigate.


Hamish said...

Is this study out yet? Do you have a link to it?

Brendan said...


The Auckland University researcher who compiled the at risk child application database confirmed on Radio NZ at lunch time, that 83% of abuse cases come from benefit dependent households.

Now that this information is in the public domain, it's time to address the public policy that allows babies to be 'nurtured' by the state into this abusive environment.

Only then will we see any dramatic reduction in numbers.