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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.

Our monitoring schedule from July 2021 to February 2023

The Monitor’s permanent home

We are pleased to tell you that a decision has been made about our long-term home. Once the necessary legislation is passed, the Monitor will leave the Ministry of Social Development and become its own departmental agency with our own Chief Executive, who will also be a Statutory Officer. We will be hosted by the Education Review Office (ERO) and although there will be clear separation between the Monitor and ERO, it will allow the two agencies to cooperate and learn from one and other.

We will continue to work closely with the Ombudsman and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner as we strengthen the oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system, to ensure our tamariki and rangatahi are well looked after and have what they need. We also look forward to working with ERO as we plan for the future. Read about the decision from the Minister for Social Development and Employment, Carmel Sepuloni here.

Release of the third report on agency compliance with NCS Regulations

We have published our third report covering agency compliance with the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations), with the focus on regulations 69 and 85. These regulations 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 12-month period from 1 July 2019 to 3 June 2020, including the six months from 1 July to 31 December 2019 covered in the first and second reports.

View the report

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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