June 30, 2021
Attack on children shows care system broken
A veteran social worker and advocate says the leak of a whistleblower video showing young people being violently restrained in an Oranga Tamariki facility shows the organisation is failing to deliver the levels of training and accountability that have been promised.
Paora Crawford Moyle says attempts to reform the system are failing because children and survivors are still not being listened to.
She says it’s not good enough to say the police have been called in, as the agency is the authority at identifying abuse – which is why it takes children into care.
"We're not talking about children who have committed crimes and are being punished. We're talking about children who have come from very harsh backgrounds who need love, guidance, support, not to be humiliated and attacked. This was an attack," Ms Crawford Moyle says
Closing down the care and protection units and moving children to smaller group homes isn’t going to keep tamariki safe, as past experience shows it just means there are fewer eyes around when the abuse happens.
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