Cash con­sid­ered for abuse tip-off

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TALIA SHADWELL

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’’.

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