In 2015, an independent Expert Panel was established to provide advice on modernising Child, Youth and Family. The Expert Panel’s final report provided robust evidence that the performance of the current system is well below what New Zealanders want for our most vulnerable children and young people.
This report was informed by children and young people who told us about their experiences with the system and their time in care.
In response, Cabinet agreed to a bold and urgent overhaul of the system to ensure that all children and young people are in loving communities where they can be safe, strong, connected, and able to flourish.
In May 2016, Cabinet agreed to the creation of a new children’s entity which resulted in the establishment of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki from 1 April 2017.
The new agency is undertaking significant cross-agency work to develop a new child-centred operating model. We’re building a comprehensive set of services for our children and young people from prevention through to early adulthood services, and transforming existing Care and Protection and Youth Justice services. The system will understand the impact of trauma and adverse life experiences, and it will ensure positive long-term outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.