Family First lists some examples of real incidents that have occurred as a result of Green MP Sue Bradford’s anti smacking legislation.
1. Mum and Dad seek parenting support from a social service agency because of the behaviour of their child. They mention that they have sometimes had to use a smack. They are immediately reported to CYF, their child is removed, and they have to spend five hours being interviewed by police.
2. Mum grounds her daughter. The daughter then tells CYF that mum smacks her. The social workers demand that she be removed from the home while an investigation takes place.
3. A solo mum allows her son to ‘stay over’ at a friends. While there, the host mum interrogates the son as to whether his mum smacks him. He admits that sometimes she does. As a result, CYF investigate, interview her other children, and inform the son that mum is never to smack him and if she does, he is to ring CYF.
It’s already happening – to NZ families as a result of the anti-smacking law.
Families have contacted Family First with many examples of how harmful this new law is to good parents, and these cases are just the latest. In the above cases, no abuse was found, no charges laid, children eventually returned – just good parents traumatised by the events!
Eventually these incidents will become more common and more serious and parents will begin to lose their children-temporarily at first and then permanently.
That is not alarmism-that is reality.
The Nationa/ACT government needs to repeal this law, while it still can.
Tax cuts, RMA reform, local body reform, school choice, de-regulation etc are all burningly urgent.
Nothing is more important however than restoring parents right to discipline their own children in a fair and reasonable manner.
If the new government really cares about freedom and personal responsibilty, they must prove it by repealing Sue Bradford’s pernicious law.