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The Monitor
for the
Oranga Tamariki
system

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

The role of the Independent Children’s Monitor or the Monitor is to oversee the Oranga Tamariki System including the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations).

The Independent Children’s Monitor monitors the system of state care, not individual children, to ensure the organisations that look after our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) are doing what they need to, to enable them to reach their potential and thrive.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

The role of the Independent Children’s Monitor or the Monitor is to oversee the Oranga Tamariki System including the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations).

The Independent Children’s Monitor monitors the system of state care, not individual children, to ensure the organisations that look after our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) are doing what they need to, to enable them to reach their potential and thrive.

Release of the Independent Children’s Monitor’s initial monitoring report 1 July to 30 September 2019 – published 27 January 2020

As this is the first Report, it sets out the background and context of the Independent Children’s Monitor, including its role in the oversight system, and then specifically goes into the compliance of agencies with the relevant regulations from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019. It covers agency compliance with two regulations under the National Care Standards Regulations, Regulations 69 and 85, which are about allegations of abuse or neglect of children in care and how these are dealt with.

View the report

Regional Hui

The Monitor hosted 18 regional hui around the country from late January through to March 2020. The hui  were to introduce the Independent Children’s Monitor, share decisions already taken and work completed so far, and to understand how those who work in the sector and those who come into the contact with the Oranga Tamariki System would like to engage in this mahi in the future.

Register for a hui near you

Children in care

There are around 6,500 children and young people in state care (6,467 at 30 September 2019, inclusive of care and protection and youth justice, Source: Oranga Tamariki) out of a population of approximately 1.2 million New Zealanders under the age of 18.

Greater oversight, better care

In April 2019 the Minister for Social Development, the Hon Carmel Sepuloni announced changes to strengthen Government oversight of children in care in Aotearoa, and in particular the experience of those in the care or custody of Oranga Tamariki. Minister Sepuloni said: “These changes are needed to ensure the wellbeing and interests of children are at the centre of how the state delivers care and support.”

Read Minister’s release

Current focus

The Monitor's initial focus is on agencies’ compliance with Regulations 69 and 85 of the National Care Standards (NCS) Regulations (2018). These regulations are about allegations of abuse or neglect of children in care and how these are dealt with. By December 2020 the Monitor will oversee and monitor all the National Care Standards Regulations.

Concerns about care

The Independent Children’s Monitor does not look into the care of individuals. If you have concerns about the care of an individual child or young person see who to contact.

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