Waitaki residents will next week gather for a public
discussion on government proposals aimed at protecting
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean will speak to professionals, families
and all interested people on the recently released Government
White Paper for Vulnerable Children at a public discussion in
Oamaru on Wednesday.
Mrs Dean said the white paper contained 30 new initiatives,
including better screening and training for people who work
with children and tougher restrictions surrounding convicted
abusers and more stringent child protection orders.
She said the meeting, which would be held at the Foundation
for the Blind Hall, Steward St, at 1pm, was open to the whole
"Communities can work together to make a real difference.
I've been really impressed with the input our own has already
made with their suggestions for improvements to the way we
work with children."