Government to address child abuse system failings

Government to address child abuse system failings

1st December 2022

The Government is adopting the majority of recommendations from an independent review into the actions of government agencies leading up to the death of 5-year-old Malachi Subecz, Minister for Children Kelvin Davis announced today.

Following Malachi’s murder at the hands of his caregiver in 2021, Dame Karen Poutasi was appointed to investigate what agencies could have done better. Each agency also completed a review into its own actions.

“It’s essential the system changes. Mistakes were made and the Government is committed to fixing them so they are not repeated,” Kelvin Davis said.

“Dame Karen has made 14 recommendations, of which the Government has fully accepted nine and is committing to look carefully at the remaining five.

“The death of a child is heart-breaking so we need to do what we can to ensure we have a system that keeps kids safe and well in New Zealand. These changes will help to achieve that.

“What’s clear from the findings is that the lack of a safety net to protect children most at risk from falling through the gaps failed Malachi and his family.

“This isn’t acceptable and agencies across the board need to do better,” Kelvin Davis said. […]

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