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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 second monitoring report on agency compliance with NCS Regulations 1 October to 31 December 2019 – published 11 August 2020

The Monitor has published its second report covering agency compliance with the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations), with the focus on regulations 69 and 85. These regulations relate to reports of abuse and neglect of children and young people in care, and regulation 86, which requires agencies to monitor their own compliance.

The findings are for the six-month period from 1 July to 31 December 2019, including the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2019 covered in the initial report.

View the report

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. 

Regional hui

The Monitor hosted 19 regional hui around the country from late January through to March 2020. The hui were to introduce the 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.

Find out more about our engagement

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

 

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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