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Office of the Children’s Commissioner Review of Oranga Tamariki

June 12, 2020 at 2:30 PM

From the Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner is undertaking a review of Oranga Tamariki.

This report, Te Kuku O Te Manawa – Ka puta te riri, ka momori te ngākau, ka heke ngā roimata mo tōku pēpi, shares insights gained so far in this review which aim to answer the question:

What needs to change to enable pēpi Māori aged 0-3 months to remain in the care of their whānau in situations where Oranga Tamariki is notified of care and protection concerns?

After considering the multiple strands of evidence, we identified six areas for change to explore during stage two of this review. We started with themes drawn from our analysis of what we heard from mums and whānau and wove these together with other strands of evidence. These areas for change are:

  1. The system needs to recognise the role of mums as te whare tangata and treat them
    and their pēpi with humanity
  2. Unprofessional statutory social work practice is harming mums, whānau and pēpi
  3. Whānau need the right support from the right people         
  4. Pēpi Māori and their whānau are experiencing racism and discrimination  
  5. The organisational culture of the statutory care and protection system needs to support parents and whānau to nurture and care for their pēpi, and       
  6. The system needs to work in partnership with whānau, hapū and iwi so they can exercise tino rangatiratanga.

This is the first report of a two-part series. The exploratory approach is designed to identify and pinpoint areas for change. These will be examined in more detail in part two where detailed recommendations will be made. 

Click here for more information and to read the report

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