The Health Quality & Safety Commission congratulates Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) member Anthea Simcock who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to child welfare in the 2013 New Year Honours List.

Mrs Simcock was appointed to the CYMRC in July 2010. Her work with children and in child welfare has spanned over 30 years and included roles as the founder and Chief Executive of child advocacy agency Child Matters, and as a teacher, social worker, child therapist and advocate.

Commission Chief Executive, Dr Janice Wilson says Mrs Simcock’s opinion is widely sought on areas of child welfare, and she is seen as an authority on the prevention of abuse and neglect of children.

“The CYMRC highly values Mrs Simcock’s input into its work to find ways to prevent deaths of children and young people, and will continue to work with her in the future to ensure that further improvements in child welfare are realised."

Mrs Simcock says that the work she does ensures the public is aware of the issues around child abuse, and how to prevent harm to children.

“I love that child welfare is part of national conversation so much more than it was 18 years ago and I love seeing the changes being made to protect children, and hearing from those we have worked with and for, who tell us what a difference Child Matters has made to their personal and professional lives.”

Read more about the work of the CYMRC here.

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