July 01, 2021
Crash tackle closes Oranga Tamariki residence
The chair of the advisory board for Oranga Tamariki, Matthew Tukaki, says the board will leave no stone unturned in finding out what happened at the Christchurch care and protection unit.
Acting Oranga Tamariki Sir Wira Gardiner has suspended or sent home all staff at the unit after the whistleblower video emerged of staff violently restraining young people in the unit.
He says it will close as soon as possible.
Mr Tukaki says he wants to see what’s happening in all the residences.
He was shocked by the video.
"There a children in our care and protection system, whether they be Māori if Pakeha or non-Māori is not the issue, when they come to us they are already heavily traumatised, they are challenged, there is already something else going on. When they come to us our role is to care for them, to support them, to protect them, Our role is not to crash tackle them onto a floor," he says.
The National Union of Public Employees says staff at the residence had not been trained in the latest techniques for physical intervention, and they don’t have the support needed for dealing with high and complex needs of young people.
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