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

If you have immediate concerns about a child's wellbeing


  • Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459) or
  • Police on 111

More information about the signs of abuse and neglect and how to get help (Oranga Tamariki website)

UNCROC (The Children's Convention) reporting and monitoring

UNCROC (The Children's Convention) is the only international human rights treaty that gives non-governmental organisations (NGOs) a role in monitoring its implementation.

Under UNCROC, each government has to report every five years on children's rights in their country. The UN committee examined New Zealand in September 2016, and the Office of the Children's Commissioner made this submission.

The UN concluding recommendations to New Zealand are here.

Read the full report here

Why we monitor

We have a statutory responsibility to monitor and assess the policies and practices provided under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

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How we monitor residences

We think the best people to tell us about what it’s like living in residential care are children and young people.

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What we monitor

We monitor a range of residences and oversee the complaints process for children and young people in residences.

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Care & protection and youth justice services

To monitor care & protection and youth justice services provided by Oranga Tamariki’s local sites, we undertake thematic reviews.

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