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Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Bill submission

May 2017

Children are significantly impacted by family violence. They can be direct and indirect victims, witnesses, and even perpetrators. It is therefore important that the impact of domestic violence on children – and the impact of any potential law change – is directly considered.

Children have the right under Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect, and to access services that help them to recover from the impact of such abuse. It is therefore important that domestic violence legislation is supportive of children’s rights and needs.

Read the full submission in the attachment below.

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Oranga Tamariki Bill -- the use of police cells

April 2017

Explaining why we should limit the use of Police cells to hold young people on remand.

The Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill retains the ability for the Youth Court to remand young people into the custody of police. This Office of the Children's Commissioner is advocating that this should no longer be the case.

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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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