Self-isolation and physical distancing only add to the problems for mothers with an intellectual disability who are at risk of failing to get the help they need.
This child and her mother found refuge at a women’s shelter, but many are unable to find the secure housing they need to escape family violence.
Indigenous children are admitted to out-of-home care at 11 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. The lack of safe housing for mothers fleeing family violence is a key factor.
In 2018, the rate at which Māori babies were removed from their families was four times the rate for the rest of the New Zealand population.
Last week's attempted removal of a newborn Māori baby from his family highlights the issue that indigenous children are much more likely to be taken into state care, in New Zealand and other countries.