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More funding for independent monitoring has been hailed by the Children’s Commissioner as a significant step forward for children in the care and protection and youth justice systems.
The Government has provided an increase of $0.5 million in Budget 2017, which will help cover up to 6.4 full-time staff positions for the 2017/18 year.
The conditions for children in many of New Zealand’s secure residences are prison-like, dated and bleak, and it’s time to move on better alternatives, Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says.
A new report from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner shows the care of young people in Oranga Tamariki residences is improving but fundamental changes are needed.
From July 2016 to March 2017, we found that Child, Youth and Family (CYF) residences generally met the standards that are required by the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
As far as we can establish, residences appear to be generally safe. However, we remain concerned about the variable quality of practice and the fundamental system issues that underpin this variability. As Oranga Tamariki takes over from the 1st April 2017, residences still fall far short of the new agency’s aspirations for them.
Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft is congratulating the New Zealand and Canterbury rugby unions on a new approach to work better with young players accused of misconduct.
“It’s right that young people are held to account when they have breached the code of behaviour expected but how they are held to account is also critically important. We need to remember that we’re dealing with children, not grownups. Using an adult process is not appropriate for a young teenager.”
The Family Incomes Package revealed in Budget 2017 has been welcomed by the Children’s Commissioner as good news for children living in families experiencing severe poverty.
“According to the Child Poverty Monitor released in December 2016, 85-90,000 Kiwi kids live in severe hardship. The latest changes to tax thresholds and assistance build on the benefit rate increases in 2016 to relieve the pressure for those Kiwis who are just getting by,” said Judge Andrew Becroft.
Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says a new United Nations-funded report is more compelling evidence why New Zealand should stop locking children in police cells.
The Children's Commissioner is advocating that young people should no longer be able to be remanded into Police cells after their first court appearance.
Read more on the Children's Commissioner's submissions about police cells on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill.
We need to find a resolution to the growing debate about the role of whānau, hapū, iwi and wider family in caring for children and young people who have been removed from their usual caregivers.
Read the Commissioner's newsletter on the topic here.
The fourth annual Child Poverty Monitor has been published. The Monitor is a joint project with the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University and reports on various measures of poverty experienced by kiwi children.
Visit the Child Poverty Monitor website
Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says he welcomes the latest UN report outlining how well New Zealand is upholding children’s rights and well-being.
"I’m reassured that an expert international Committee has so accurately identified what is needed to improve the lives of our children. They have made a number of very appropriate and considered recommendations," he said.
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The current Children's Commissioner is Judge Andrew Becroft.
Before taking up the position on 1 July 2016 he was New Zealand's Principal Youth Court Judge.