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Children's Commissioner's statement on expert panel report

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills today welcomed the interim report from the Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Panel.

“The report makes sad reading, but sets out a promising platform for the next stage of reform - with children at the centre," said Dr Wills.

"Many of the findings closely reflect what my Office found and reported on last month in State of Care 2015 and what others in the sector have been saying for some time.

“Children in the care and protection system have been let down. But this new report makes an important point: we all have a part to play in improving the outcomes of these children. I agree it is not the responsibility of Child, Youth and Family alone."

Read the Commissioner's statement

State of Care 2015 report published

State of Care 2015 is an annual report based on our independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family’s policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences in the system.


Read the report

State of Care: media statement

Read the Children's Commissioner's media statement on the State of Care 2015 report.

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About the Commissioner

Dr Russell Wills combines his role as Commissioner with his work as a paediatrician at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.
(Photo: NZ Listener/Hagen Hopkins)

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