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The Monitor
for the
Oranga Tamariki
system

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

Our role is to oversee the Oranga Tamariki System including the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations).

We monitor the system of State care, not individual children, to ensure the agencies that look after our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) are doing what they need to, to enable them to reach their potential and thrive.

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

Our role is to oversee the Oranga Tamariki System including the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations).

We monitor the system of State care, not individual children, to ensure the agencies that look after our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people) are doing what they need to, to enable them to reach their potential and thrive.

Current focus

Before monitoring occurs across the whole system, it’s important we have the right people and tools to do our job, so Government agreed to a phased approach.

Our initial focus is on agencies’ compliance with regulations 69 and 85 of the NCS Regulations, which are about allegations of abuse or neglect of children in care and how these are dealt with. Cabinet agreed that work should begin here as it covers the area of highest risk and potential harm to tamariki and rangatahi.

A phased approach ensures we are well-prepared for our monitoring function to cover the whole system.

Read the NCS Regulations here.

Find out more about our phased approach.

Release of the second monitoring report on agency compliance with NCS Regulations 1 October to 31 December 2019 – published 11 August 2020

Our second report covers agency compliance with the NCS Regulations. The focus is on regulations 69 and 85, which relate to reports of abuse and neglect of children and young people in care, and regulation 86, which requires agencies to monitor their own compliance.

The findings are for the six-month period from 1 July to 31 December 2019, including the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2019 covered in our first report.

View the report here.

Concerns about safety

We monitor the system of State care, not individual children. However, if, through our mahi, we become concerned for the safety or wellbeing of an individual child or young person, we will follow up on these concerns and hand over the information to the appropriate agency or person.

If you have concerns about the care of an individual child or young person, you can see who to contact here.

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