The State of Care 2015 report released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner which has brought the voice of children and their expectations from state care into the public domain.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner which has brought the voice of children and their expectations from state care into the public domain. It affirms the New Zealand public’s expectations, made widely known through the ten thousand submissions to the 2012 Green Paper, for high standards in statutory care and a culture of respect and valuing of our tamariki. It also gives voice to the aspirations of Māori who are disproportionately represented in the numbers of children in care, and recommends improvement in cultural and wider capability.
UNICEF NZ National Advocacy Manager, Deborah Morris-Travers said that this “report points to a raft of opportunities for Child, Youth and Family leadership and staff – in partnership with other government agencies and communities – to ensure that children coming into the care of the State have their rights to health, education, protection and cultural identity upheld, therefore delivering significantly improved outcomes”.
“The report also points to a range of systemic and practice issues that mean the State’s care of children is not optimal and may even be damaging children.
It goes without saying that a child taken into State care should never be worse off as a result of that care. But ensuring the long-term wellbeing of children who may have been traumatised by abuse and neglect, or who have committed an offence, requires skilled, coordinated input by social workers, teachers, health professionals and others.”
“The State of Care report suggests the State, as a ‘corporate parent’, is currently failing to provide this,” Ms Morris-Travers added.
Report link: ‘State of care’
In the media:
Radio National,article by Max Towle and Demelza Leslie, 27 August 2015 ‘Kids probably no better off in state care’
The Herald, article by Simon Collins, social issues reporter ‘Dump and run’ culture at CYF
The Listener, editorial comment, 4 September 2015 ‘Children’s crusade‘