We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

During the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand moved into a level 4 lockdown for almost five weeks. This decision had particular implications for children and young people living in secure residences.

Usually our monitoring team would visit these residences and meet face-to-face with the children and young people and the residence staff. This was not possible for us during the period of lockdown as everyone was confined to their homes.

We had to quickly shift our monitoring from face-to-face interviews to the ‘virtual’ space. We made use of video calls and phone calls to connect with the children and young people in residences to ensure their rights were being upheld during the lockdown period.

Given the ‘virtual’ nature of these visits, and the significant pressures on residence staff at this time, our primary focus was on interviewing children and young people and understanding their experiences during lockdown in a residence.

Check out the video for a summary of the work we did, and the documents below for some in-depth analysis.

Introduction to Virtual Monitoring of Secure Residences during COVID-19

OPCAT 'virtual' monitoring under COVID-19 Alert Level 4 (A4)

OPCAT COVID monitoring: care and protection residences

OPCAT COVID monitoring: youth justice residences