Our children are our future, and we have the awesome responsibility of being their guardians. Parenting is also a lot of fun, if we allow it to be. Often we feel powerless to change behaviour that we see as “bad”, or we feel frustrated at children who won’t “do what they’re told”. Continue reading “Better parenting”
If we look after ourselves, we have a greater chance of coping with stress and looking after our children well. Healthy parents, healthy children. If we can balance our own health and wellbeing with other elements of our life such as work, pleasure, relationships and personal growth, we have a good chance of dealing with the challenges that are thrown our way. Continue reading “Healthy parents, healthy children”
The Domestic Violence Act 1995 marked a new era in dealing with family violence when it came into force on July 1 in 1996. It is the primary legal weapon for fighting family violence. Continue reading “The domestic violence act”
Good parents – those who provide a caring and loving environment for their children – have nothing to fear from the law change designed to keep kids safe. Continue reading “Aiming to keep kids safe”
New Zealanders have been horrified in recent years by several widely publicised accounts of children dying in gruesome circumstances that almost defy imagining. But the death of a four-year-old in 1999 was a catalyst for action… Continue reading “Keeping our children safe”
Just as violence towards women is hugely under-reported, violence inflicted on men by women is also an often untold story. Men also sometimes feel as if they can’t talk about it when it happens and they can feel helpless to do anything because it might not be believed. Continue reading “Victims of violence – not just women and children”
We all have a part to play in our community. Here are some ways you can help make safer communities in New Zealand and people who can help you.
Helping to keep our children safe KOS (Keeping Ourselves Safe) is a positive personal safety programme aimed at giving children and young people the skills to cope with situations that might entail abuse. It will help them keep children safe when they meet other people. KOS was developed in response to an increased awareness and concern among teachers and Police for young people to be protected from abuse.
In an emergency, or you need help, the Police will ensure the immediate safety of children. If a child is considered to be at risk, attending Police will liaise directly with the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Service, who will decide what action to take. Continue reading “Those who can help”
Being a parent is an awesome responsibility but one which is enormously rewarding. When people become parents they get a unique opportunity to encourage and inspire a new generation of adults who care about themselves, others and their environment, thereby creating better and safer communities for all. Continue reading “Being a Positive Parent”