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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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Supplementary report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Children's Commissioner

September 2016

In September 2016 Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft attended the 73rd session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. This supplementary report outlines his concerns about the rights of children in New Zealand and opportunities for improvement.

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State of Care 2016

June 2016


June 2016

State of Care 2016 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.

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Being Child-Centred

Elevating children's interests in the work of your organisation

Office of the Children's Commissioner

October 2015

Being child-centred is about elevating the status of children's interests and views in the decision-making processes of your organisation. Consider the impact on children and take their voices into account.

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State of Care 2015


August 2015

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OPCAT Annual Report 2014

Published by the Human Rights Commission

December 2014

This is the seventh annual report of
New Zealand’s National Preventive
Mechanism (NPM), a monitoring
mechanism established under the
Optional Protocol to the Convention
against Torture and Other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
Punishment (OPCAT).

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Looking for our parenting guides or posters?

We have moved to online publication of our reports and guides and no longer have hard copies available to order. We have also discontinued the 'Behaviour' series of brochures and posters.

SKIP (Strategies with kids/Information for parents) has some helpful resources available for parents and those working with parents.

Our popular booklet 'Choose to Hug' is available to download.

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