A new watchdog pledges to keep an eye on the Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki

The leader of the government organisation that will replace the Children’s Commissioner in overseeing Oranga Tamariki claims that it will conduct a thorough and open job.

Opponents of the controversial reform that the government pushed through anticipated that moving control of Oranga Tamariki from an independent Crown organisation to a government agency would make it more difficult to reveal issues.

Two employees are being looked into by the police and Oranga Tamariki for sexual misconduct with mokopuna. After a team from the Children’s Commission paid an unannounced visit to a youth justice residence last week, allegations in one case were made public.

Arran Jones, chief executive of the Independent Children’s Monitor, stated that the organisation would nevertheless collaborate with the new Children and Young People’s Commission and the ombudsman.

We’re dedicated to working with what we have, but there are a variety of opinions about what’s best for the system, and I can see where they’re coming from.

“We are independent from all the organisations we watch, in terms of independence. Additionally, our laws include some safeguards that shield us from governmental meddling.

Ministers, for instance, did not have the authority to comment on draughts, he added, and all of the monitor’s reports were published in full and submitted to Parliament.

Within the Ministry of Social Development, the monitor’s office was established three and a half years ago to manage the care of children.

It has statutory authority to oversee the overall Oranga Tamariki system, including health, education, housing, policing, and any other services and assistance, under the terms of its newly extended function, which comes into effect on July 1.

It involves examining what is effective and what is impeding the achievement of desirable results.

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