Friday, April 07, 2006

A pointer to the future

Here is one of the tables from the Family Court Statistics just released;

Ethnicity Distribution of Children in Care and Protection Cases in 2004

New cases Reviews
% European 42 45
% Pacific 10 7
% Māori 45 45
% Asian 2 2
% Other 1 1

There were 5,983 cases involving 8,165 children.

I tend to take the view that "grown-ups" are big enough and ugly enough to look after themselves. But what of the children? A lot of these kids will move around in foster care and end up as statistics on other tables, very likely to do with crime.

Hard to see the ethnic make-up of our prisons changing much in the near future.

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