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Online Community Seminar: Preventing the Removal of Infants by the State

November 20, 2020 at 12:22 PM

From the University of Otago

This seminar will present the findings of a year-long University of Otago research project which focused on the prevention of removal of infants by the state. The issue of the removal of babies by Oranga Tamariki, particularly Māori babies, has gained widespread recent attention in the last two years. This research sought to understand what helps prevent this practice where possible. This seminar will present an overview of the findings of this qualitative, exploratory research, with a particular focus on the following questions:

  • What do recent trends suggest about removal practices?
  • What are whānau perceptions of what helps avoid removal?
  • What do professionals working with whānau in the community say helps prevent removal?
  • What are the wider contextual factors which lead to inequalities in removal rates, including the overrepresentation of Māori?
  • What are the overall lessons for organisational structures, service design, policy and practice? The seminar is intended for a broad audience, including social workers, community and health workers, researchers, citizens, policymakers and anyone else with an interest in this topic.


Time and date: 11am – 12pm, Wednesday 2nd December

Venue: Online via Zoom –

Presenters: Emily Keddell, Kerri Cleaver and Luke Fitzmaurice

Click here to download the flyer

Category: Research