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Effective parenting programmes can reduce risk of child maltreatment

A comprehensive report released by the Families Commission finds effective parenting programmes are a key way to reduce the risk of maltreatment of vulnerable children.

New family violence research welcomed

The Families Commission welcomes new research that estimates the cost of domestic violence to New Zealand employers at $368 million this year.

The Snively report calculates potential productivity gains from implementing workplace protections to support victims of domestic violence.

Minister of Social Development: Families Commission Board Appointments

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today the appointment of two new members to the Board of the Families Commission.

Families Commission’s new mandate to identify what works and what doesn’t

New legislation passed yesterday will see the Families Commission working to increase the use of quality evidence to inform better decisions and promote debate on key social sector issues to improve the lives of New Zealand communities, families and whānau.

Statement from Chief Families Commissioner 12 March 2014

Following media coverage of today’s Select Committee hearing, Chief Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says, “We have received advice from the State Services Commission on the guidelines for board members of Crown Entities seeking political office.

GUiNZ appoints Harvard epidemiologist as scientific advisory group chair

Harvard epidemiologist Professor Carlos A Camargo has been appointed the new chair of the Expert Scientific Advisory Group for the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) longitudinal study.


Better family violence evidence needed

The Families Commission is recommending improved ways to measure family violence so those working to reduce family violence can make better informed policies and decisions.

Strengthen family ties this Children’s Day

There are lots of ways to celebrate Children’s Day this Sunday, and Chief Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes suggests families might consider starting a new family tradition to mark the importance of New Zealand’s children.

Opinion Piece: More money not the answer to family violence

By Belinda Milnes, Chief Commissioner

In the lead up to an election-year budget there is always a clamour from all corners of the country for government to commit to more funding for this, a greater investment in that or a new programme to solve this problem.

Fall in teen pregnancies welcomed

The Families Commission welcomes the substantial drop in teen pregnancy reported in the State of the Nation released today.

Pregnancies among teenagers aged 15 to 19 years dropped 14% between 2010 and 2011. Rates amongst young teenagers, aged under 15, also declined.

Last update: 16 Nov 2018