Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Bill
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Update – the deadline for submissions has now been extended to 3rd March 2017
The legislation that will implement the Government’s planned changes to Child, Youth and Family work is now in Parliament and open for submissions from the public. NZCCSS will be commenting and analysing the Bill based on what we have learned and shared already through our networks.
The Government says that the aims of the Bill are to create “a more child-centred approach” for the new Ministry of Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. It aims to help government to respond more flexibly to reports of concern and enable early intervention. It will bring in national care standards and a better approach to financial support for caregivers of children in state care. The also includes 17-year-olds in the youth justice jurisdiction and offers greater support for young people leaving state care. The Bill also includes the aim to recognise “mana tamaiti (tamariki), whakapapa, and whanaungatanga for Māori children”.