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Oranga Tamariki Bill selected recommendations

Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill: Children’s Commission

Office of the Children's Commissioner

March 2017

A summary of Children's Commissioner's specific recommendations relating to child placements in his submission on the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill.

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Towards a child-centred care and protection and youth justice system

Submission on the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill

Office of the Children's Commissioner

March 2017

The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill is one of the most significant pieces of legislation for children since the introduction of the original Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act in 1989.
We share the vision of a child-centred system, and there is much to celebrate in this bill. Yet it needs to be improved, especially in its vision for tamariki and rangatahi Māori, to achieve the transformational change required.

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Submission on banning seclusion in schools

Office of the Children's Commissioner

January 2017

The Commissioner supports banning seclusion in schools which we understood to be illegal already. Children should not be locked up in schools. Guidelines about use of physical restraint should be supported by training and resources for teachers.

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Giving students a say in their own education

Submission from the Office of The Children’s Commissioner on the Education (Update) Amendment Bill

Office of the Children's Commissioner

November 2016

The education system exists for children, and they are its most important stakeholders. Changes to the Education Act should be grounded in thier best interests and informed by their views. The Office of the Children's Commissioner is concerned that the amendments do not take these in to account, and we recommend the Bill be stopped until children's best interests and voices have been considered properly.

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Children riding bikes on footpaths

August 2016

Children currently ride on footpaths and most don't know it's illegal. Read our submission to hear what children said on this topic. We support further consideration of the petition with particular attention given to the safety implications of making such a change

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CYPF (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age settings) Amendment Bill (2016)

Office of the Children's Commissioner

July 2016

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner supports the direction of the final report from the Expert Advisory Panel and the Government’s objective of reforming the care and protection and youth justice systems to ensure they are child-centred. This bill is the first in a series of legislative changes to give effect to these reforms.
This bill is a positive development, but we are concerned that it does not go far enough to ensure the new operating model is child-centred.

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