EDITORIAL:

There can be few things more heartbreaking than the forced separation of a child from its parent or parents.

Even when such action is deemed necessary in the interests of child protection, the situation can be traumatic for all parties, the implications far-reaching.

When mistakes are made, the hurt and harm is magnified.

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The issue around how children are removed from their families by the state has come to the fore after an attempt by Oranga Tamariki - the Ministry for Children - to remove a week-old baby from its young mother in Hawke's Bay hospital last month.

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