We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

Report shows the way to improve the lives of all children and young people

June 2017: The UNICEF Innocenti Report Card for 2016 provides a template for how to improve the lives of children and young people living in the most difficult circumstances.

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Budget 2017 good news for Kiwi kids

May 2017: The Family Incomes Package revealed in Budget 2017 has been welcomed as good news for children living in families experiencing severe poverty.

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Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care

May 2017: More funding for independent monitoring has been hailed as a significant step forward for children in the care and protection and youth justice systems.

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Time to start moving on outdated children’s residences

May 2017: 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.

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State of Care 2017: A focus on Oranga Tamariki's secure residences

May 2017: 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.

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NZ and Canterbury rugby to be applauded on new child-centred approach to misconduct

May 2017: 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.

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UN-funded report another reason to stop locking New Zealand children in police cells

April 2017: 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.

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Limiting the use of Police cells to hold young people on remand

April 2017: 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.

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Concerned about a child’s wellbeing?

If you’re concerned about the immediate wellbeing of a child or young person, call:

  • Police on 111
  • Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)

Looking for advice on children's rights?

Contact our Child Rights Advice Line by:

  • calling us on 0800 224 453 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday and 9am to 4pm on Thursdays. If you need an interpreter, just ask for ‘language line’ and the language you want when you call us
  • emailing advice@occ.org.nz

About the Commissioner

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.

See the Commissioner's top priorities for 2017