June 17, 2022
Independence of Oranga Tamariki monitor questioned
One the country’s leading providers of care for children and whanau is joining the call for a pause in the reform of the child protection system.
A parliamentary select committee has green-lit the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill.
But Barnardos general manager child and family services, Jo Harrison, says the lawmakers still haven’t asked tamariki and rangatahi what changes they want.
Barnardos is also concerned that the Independent Children’s Monitor won’t be a standalone entity.
“We believe that monitoring the system needs to be independent and we’re not connived that placing this agency responsible for monitoring the system, placing it within a government agency raises questions about its independence,” Ms Harrison says.
She says the Government should wait until the Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care has made its final recommendations.