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*From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse*

When: Thursday 27 April 2017, 3.30-6pm.

Where: OGGB3, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland.

Keynote contribution from: Judge Andrew Becroft, Aotearoa New Zealand Children’s Commissioner.

Organised by the Childhood, Youth Research Network supported by the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education and Social, Work, University of Auckland.

Free. All welcome. Registration required

In 2016 the New Zealand government announced the launch of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children - Oranga Tamariki. This will see the current CYF system replaced by a completely new model that claims to address the short and long-term wellbeing of at-risk children and support their transition into adulthood. The new Ministry was officially launched in April 2017.

Public Seminar aims to:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of the proposed changes and their consequences for people working with children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • To bring together a wide range of professionals working in Child and Youth Welfare, Youth Development, Health, Education and Youth Justice to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges they may face in light of this major policy change.
  • To discuss the perceived challenges, opportunities, and priorities for the new Ministry of Vulnerable Children
  • To identify a range of possible policy priorities that could help improve professional practice and Child and Youth Welfare outcomes in the future.

Keynote speaker:

  • Judge Andrew Becroft, Aotearoa New Zealand Children's Commissioner


  • Prue Kapua, National President, Te Ropu Wahine Māori Toko i te Ora Māori Women's Welfare League
  • Dr Julia Ioane, Lecturer/Clinical Psychologist, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, AUT
  • Dr Patrick Kelly, Service Clinical Director, Te Puaruruhau (Child Protection Team), Starship Children’s Hospital and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, University of Auckland
  • Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer, Ara Taiohi, the Peak Body for Youth Development in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Discussant Dr Ian Hyslop, Senior Lecturer, School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland

Target Audience: Service Managers and Professionals working in Social Service, Public Health and the community sector. Programme Designers, Public Servants academics and social researchers who are working in the social and community services space.

Download the flyer (PDF, 550 KB)