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Govt: Stronger oversight for our most vulnerable children

May 03, 2024 at 3:16 PM

Beehive Press Release – https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/stronger-oversight-our-most-vulnerable-children

The rights of our children and young people will be enhanced by changes the coalition Government will make to strengthen oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system, including restoring a single Children’s Commissioner.

“The Government is committed to delivering better public services that care for our most at-risk young people and provide them with greater opportunities,” Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.

“Today, I am announcing reforms that will fix the controversial parts of Labour’s 2022 changes and fulfil commitments in the National-ACT coalition agreement to create a truly independent monitoring and oversight agency for Oranga Tamariki.”

As part of the proposed legislative changes that are intended to be introduced into Parliament later this year, the coalition Government will:

  • Return the Children and Young People’s Commission back to a single Commissioner, moving away from the current five-member board structure.
  • Change the Independent Children’s Monitor from a departmental agency hosted within the Education Review Office to an Independent Crown Entity.

Click here to read the rest of the press release



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