19 Nov 2013 | Partners in Care
Everyone needs a buddy.
Staff in the consumer engagement team at the Health Quality & Safety Commission have taken part in Buddy Day 2013 to help raise awareness of child abuse in New Zealand.
As part of the event, they adopted a ‘buddy’ for the day – a plain cardboard cut-out, given a name, face, clothing and personal story by children throughout New Zealand. They then carried their buddy around with them over the course of an ordinary working day, and used the buddy’s presence to start conversations about child abuse.
“Our team works closely with the four national mortality review committees, so we hear a lot about the deaths of babies, children or teenagers,” says Linda Gilbert, senior policy advisor for consumer engagement at the Commission. “Children rely on adults to keep them safe and sometimes that doesn’t always happen. This seemed like such a simple, positive thing to do to put child abuse awareness on people’s radars.”
You can read more about Buddy Day 2013 at http://buddyday.org.nz/.
The Buddy Day website says New Zealand has one of the worst rates of death by child abuse in the developed world.