Being child-centred is the focus of all our work
The Children's Commissioner's Act 2003 requires us to give serious consideration to the views of children to inform our work
In all our work we strive to be child-centred. This helps us to make decisions that are in the best interests of the child.
Children up to the age of 18 make up nearly a quarter of our population, and yet they often have little say in decisions and systems that affect them.
Our Strategy, Rights and Advice Team run the Mai World: Child and Youth Voices work where we routinely seek the views of students through online surveys, to inform our work. These surveys are used to gather children’s ideas about issues, such as the flag referendum, or government policies or legislation.
When our Monitoring Team visits Oranga Tamariki care or youth justice residences, the staff make sure they talk with children and young people about their experiences in care. Children provide us with unique insights into the care they receive from the state. The feedback we gather from children and young people on our visits is an integral part of the reports made to Oranga Tamariki, as well as the public State of Care report.