Keeping children safe through parent education

Many Chinese migrants are unaware of their rights as parents and where to seek support if a child is in an unsafe environment, so SKIP Champion Eva Chen partnered with Asian Family Services to educate and inform.

Asian Family Services provides a confidential nationwide support service to Asians living in New Zealand. Their Asian Helpline is available in Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Hindi.

During the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, they noted an increase in calls to their helpline, with many Chinese migrants seeking support due to family violence.

Yaya Talk

To inform new migrants of support services available to them and their rights as parents in New Zealand, SKIP Champion Eva Chen partnered with Asian Family Services to run a live webinar called Yaya Talk.

More than 20 participants attended the webinar, where they heard from K3 Legal lawyer Susan Zhu, and Asian Family Services lead counsellor Julia Zhu.

The webinar was recorded and is available to watch on YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn, which was also shared in WeChat group for Chinese communities in New Zealand.

Yaya Talk participants

A safe space

Presenting the webinar in Mandarin meant that it was a comfortable and safe space for all participants.

“We had lots of good questions from the audience,” says Eva Chen.

“The guest experts talked about different forms of family harm, anger management, where to seek help if someone is experiencing mental distress or family harm, and lots of other topics.”

More positive forms of discipline was also a key theme.

“There was one question around what do if a partner believes that discipline needs to be physical, so it was a great opportunity to talk about SKIP’s six principles of positive parenting,” says Eva.

The hope is that by educating migrants of their rights, services and alternative strategies, they will be able to support their friends and family too.

Where to seek help

  • Asian Family Services – 0800 862 342
  • Family Violence Information Line – 0800 456 450
  • Women’s Refuge – 0800 733 843
  • 1737 – call free on 1737
  • Find more support services on the Unite Against COVID-19 website