Cash considered for abuse tip-off
What price would you put on information that stops a child from being killed?
We may soon have an answer to that very question, after Police confirmed they are considering offering money for tipoffs to break the wall of silence around child abuse.
‘‘It’s not just about abuse it’s about neglect. Kids are left home for days with only a packet of Twisties in the pantry, if they’re lucky. They are not going to school. It’s that sort of information that we’re
‘‘It's not just about abuse it's about neglect.’’
interested in,’’ Superintendent Tim Anderson said.
Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft said it was an indictment on our society that the idea needed to be considered.
But it could work if police used paid tips as a ‘‘door opener’’ to investigations, he said.
‘‘If it leads to more disclosure of abuse, and it’s done with safe measures in place, and it saves a child’s life, who can be against it?’’
Criminal bar association president Noel Sainsbury said he was not against the concept. But he questioned whether police could trust those who would only report abuse in exchange for money.
Sainsbury said police would need to be careful that axegrinding agendas might motivate some child abuse tip-offs..
Anderson said police were cautious about ‘‘motivations’’.