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Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review

November 08, 2019 at 2:31 PM

From Beehive.govt.nz

HON TRACEY MARTIN

The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey Martin said today.

“I’m extremely disappointed in the review’s findings. Oranga Tamariki let this family down,” says Minister Martin.

“The review says Oranga Tamariki were right to be involved with the family and there were legitimate reasons to be concerned about the safety of the baby. But the way they went about things was wrong.

“This event should not have happened. Everyone involved has been negatively affected by it. But we now have a clear picture of what went wrong and what should have happened - and with that an increased motivation to press harder on the changes required to build the care and protection system all of our children deserve.”

The Minister said New Zealand has a poor record in protecting its children and the system change that started with the creation of Oranga Tamariki was the right approach.

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