Agency Compliance with Regulations 69 and 85 of the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations
Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai
Nurture the seed and it will blossom
If a person had said at the time of publishing the Independent Children’s Monitor’s initial report in January of this year that the world would be a very different place at the time of publishing this second report, it would have been hard to believe.
While it is true and the world, including New Zealand, is markedly different, many challenges remain the same in the COVID-19 environment, including caring for children in State care or custody.
The Monitor would like to acknowledge the impact the last few months has had on individuals, whānau, businesses, communities, and those who lost jobs and loved ones. It also recognises the amazing strengths that came out of people banding together, and thanks everyone who worked tirelessly to support those in need.
The Monitor was established one year ago, as part of a response to strengthen oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system, with the primary focus on assessing the performance of agencies who hold the care and custody of tamariki and rangatahi in State care.
The Monitor is pleased to present its second report amidst the current context within New Zealand. With restrictions, social distancing and “bubbles” becoming the norm and agencies focusing on families and operational demands, they were still able to focus on their most vulnerable, as well as provide the Monitor with the information needed to produce this report – a real accomplishment on their behalf. Me mihi ki a koutou mō ngā pukumahi katoa i roto i ēnei wā rerekē. Thank you for all of your hard work during these unusual times.
As the Monitor celebrates one year of establishment, we acknowledge we are just beginning the journey, with the mahi as important as ever. We continue to build the operational arm and the tools to work with those in the community to be ready to monitor the full Oranga Tamariki National Care Standards and Related Matters Regulations 2018 from December this year, with the voices of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau at the forefront of what we do.
The Monitor looks forward to the coming months and engaging with front-line staff, iwi and Māori and communities as we build towards the next phase of our mahi.
It takes a village to raise a child, and we thank you all for your support, advice, guidance and commitment to helping us ensure that agencies who look after our tamariki and rangatahi are doing what they need to, to enable them to reach their potential and thrive.
Arran Jones, Executive Director