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New process to identify and address harm to children in state care

August 31, 2018 at 11:19 AM

From the NZFVC

The Minister for Children Tracey Martin announced a new approach to monitoring harm including harm experienced by children while in care, including abuse and neglect.

The approach involves changes to what is measured and how it is measured. Key points of the new approach include:

  • harm will include four types of abuse - physical, sexual, emotional and neglect
  • all perpetrators will be included, not just caregivers
  • cases of harm will be reviewed in real time to enable a faster response

The Safety of Children in Care Unit was set up in March within Oranga Tamariki to lead this work. The new approach is intended to improve practice and contribute to reporting requirements for international United Nations conventions and the new National Care Standards which will come into force on 1 July 2019.

For more information, Oranga Tamariki has produced a brief report Safety of Children in Care: Measurement of harm report (2018). The appendix, International measurement models: harm in care report (2018), is also available as a separate document. Also see the Beehive press release: New measures to improve the safety of children in care.

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Category: Oranga Tamariki