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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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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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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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Joint thematic review of young persons in Police detention

A review by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, the Children’s Commissioner and the Human Righ

October 2012

This is the first joint thematic review to be conducted under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture mandate in New Zealand and looks at the issue of young people in Police detention.

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UNCROC Monitoring Group report for the Deputy Chief Executive Social Sector Forum

Report 1: Implementation of UNCROC (Articles 4, 42 and 44)

UNCROC Monitoring Group

June 2012

This is the first report of the UNCROC Monitoring Group for the Deputy Chief Executives Social Sector Forum. It focuses on matters relevant to the ‘implementation’ provisions of UNCROC, Articles 4, 42 and 44.

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A Review of the Child, Youth and Family Complaints Resolution Policy and Procedure

Recommendations on how Child, Youth and Family can take a child-centred approach to complaints

Michelle Egan-Bitran, Office of the Children’s Commissioner

February 2012

This is the report of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner on the quality of complaints procedures available to children who have involvement with Child, Youth and Family.

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Report of the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child 2010

Office of the Children’s Commissioner

August 2010

The report includes comment on the situation of children in New Zealand, and draws the Committee’s attention to the general measures of implementation where improvement would significantly enhance respect for children’s rights and interests in New Zealand and specific aspects where New Zealand could do better in meeting children’s rights and interests.

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Undertaking Child Impact Assessments in Aotearoa New Zealand Local Authorities: Evidence, practice, Ideas

Nic Mason and Kirsten Hanna, Institute of Public Policy at AUT University

February 2009

This report was commissioned by the Office and reviews international evidence around how and when child impact assessments can be used by government or local government to assess how a proposed policy, decision or activity is likely impact on children. It also includes New Zealand experiences of such an approach.

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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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