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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.
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.
Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill: Children’s Commission
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.Download (pdf 152 KB)
Submission on the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill
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.
Submission on banning seclusion in schools
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.Download (pdf 461 KB)
Submission from the Office of The Children’s Commissioner on the Education (Update) Amendment Bill
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.Download (pdf 1.1 MB)