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In this practice-based research the use of attachment assessments to assist with decision-making about the placement of children in State care is explored. In Aotearoa New Zealand care and protection legislation emphasises the importance of working with families. The central decision-making forum is the Family...
This background paper explains why families in Aotearoa New Zealand need a much more robust system of tax credit supports, as well as higher wages.
New Zealand was once a model for other countries to follow in regard to its egalitarianism. Today, there is...
Despite families being much smaller, parents being older, mothers being better educated and having much higher employment rates, child poverty has risen significantly since the 1960s. In 1961, 95 percent of children were born to married couples; by 2015 the proportion had fallen to 53...
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014, requires us (along with other State services and organisations providing government–funded services to children and families) to have a Child Protection Policy (CPP).
The Act requires our policy to:Contain, at a minimum, how we identify and report...
Explores why there has been an overall lack of progress in improving health outcomes for New Zealand children aged under six and makes recommendations to improve these outcomes.
In a well-coordinated and well-resourced child protection system, health staff, child protection workers and forensic specialists should already be collaborating to share information about children and families at risk of harm.
These teams should be responding to the warnings some parents give prior to...
In the last few years, predictive risk modelling has been suggested for use in the child welfare environment as an efficient means of targeting preventive resources and improving practitioner decision-making. First raised in the green paper on vulnerable children, then translated into the white paper...
Oranga Tamariki aims to put children’s and young people’s needs at the centre. Children and young people need different responses depending on their circumstances and characteristics.
The report looks at how New Zealand is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children’s Convention) into practice, and where it can do better.