October 01, 2018
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The Commissioner for Children is calling for the phased closure of the present care and protection residences as part of a shift away from our current state care system to a kaupapa Māori driven approach.
In his latest State of Care report, Judge Andrew Becroft says the five prison-like residences which take more than 50 children at a time, sets kids up to fail.
He says while there will continue to be a need for secure residences for young offenders, many of the rangatahi held for care and protection don’t need to be under lock and key.
He wants to see a lot of smaller, low key regional community homes run in partnership with iwi, as most of the residents are likely to be Māori.
"No longer can it be a Pakeha model, a European model with Māori add ons. We've got to turn it upside down and basically we are talking about a Māori model with a Māori world view that's operated by and for iwi and Māori organisations. I think that's a great dream that we are capable of reaching in New Zealand," says Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft.
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