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State of Care 9: Children With Offending Behaviour

This thematic review is part nine of the State of Care series. The report considers the statutory response to children aged 10 to 13 years whose offending causes serious concern for their wellbeing.

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Te Kuku O Te Manawa – Ka puta te riri, ka momori te ngākau, ka heke ngā roimata mo tōku pēpi


The Children’s Commissioner is undertaking a review of Oranga Tamariki

This report, Te Kuku O Te Manawa – Ka puta te riri, ka momori te ngākau, ka heke ngā roimata mo tōku pēpi, shares insights gained so far in this review which aim to answer the question:

What needs to change to enable pēpi Māori aged 0-3 months to remain in the care of their whānau in situations where Oranga Tamariki is notified of care and protection concerns?

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Removal of pēpi Māori into State care

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There are persistent and intergenerational inequities in the removal of pēpi Māori into State custody.

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Child Poverty Monitor 2019

Big, bold permanent change is needed to reduce child poverty. See our annual Child Poverty Monitor website which shows more bold and sustainable action is needed.


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About the Commissioner

The current Children's Commissioner is Judge Andrew Becroft. Before taking up the position on 1 July 2016 he was New Zealand's Principal Youth Court Judge.

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