We’re excited that Judge Andrew Becroft will be the new Children’s Commissioner, starting 1st July.
Judge Becroft brings huge integrity and intelligence to the role. As Principal Judge of the Youth Court he has a comprehensive understanding of the needs of young people in the care and protection and youth justice systems. He knows what is working, what isn’t and what a really good system would look like. He’s the right appointment at the right time.
Judge Becroft comes to the Office at an exciting time. The team are good heart. While we’re small, there is immense talent across all our functions and a track record of delivering for children and young people. I’m very proud of my team and I know they will continue to deliver under Judge Becroft’s leadership.
I’m looking forward to working with Judge Becroft over the next two months as he gets to know the team and our work before taking over on 1st July.
Media statement: 'vulnerable children deserve this radical change'
Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says the changes to the care protection system proposed by Minister Tolley today are very promising and have potential to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Read more in his media statement below.
State of Care 2015is 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.
One of the key priorities for the Children's Commissioner is child poverty. If you would like to find out more about the problem and solutions please follow the link below. You can also get good information at www.childpoverty.co.nz.