Research and insights
We regularly publish research, evaluation and insights reports related to the wellbeing of tamariki and whānau or families, and the social services sector.
Sexual and family violence training for Family Start kaimahi
This survey and research report were commissioned as part of the response to Action 32 of Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence, ‘Improve the Family Start service’.
Victims of offending by children with family group conferences
This study was commissioned to inform work around youth offending and youth engagement. The report focused on 580 victims associated with 114 youth justice family group conferences (FGCs) held in the 12 months to 30 June 2021 for children who offended. Re…
Orphan’s Benefit & Unsupported Child’s Benefit: Caregiver Engagement Report
This report is based on an online engagement survey we conducted in June 2021 with caregivers receiving the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit. Over 2,000 caregivers responded to the engagement survey. In addition, in July and August 2021, Ni…
Engaging All New Zealanders – 2022 survey report
Engaging All New Zealanders surveys provide insights on how the country’s attitudes towards the care and wellbeing of children and young people are changing.
Long-Term Insights Briefing for the justice sector
Long-Term Insights Briefings (LTIBs) are a government initiative that require agencies to identify and explore issues that matter for the future wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealanders. Agencies working in the justice sector have collaborated to produce Long…
Children and adolescent mental health services
This evidence brief details what is known about the best practice responses to meeting the mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people who are in care and protection or youth justice systems.
Success factors for a home visiting programme
This evidence brief explores factors that are critical for a successful home visiting programme. The brief and the companion report with case studies will be used as a resource to better support Family Start programme partners in providing effective servi…
Children arrested by Police in 2020-21
This report will help us to understand more about children who offend and opportunities for change.
Community-based remand homes
A recommendation from the Expert Advisory Panel was that smaller community-based settings would better support rangatahi while they are on remand and awaiting charges to come before the courts. Following this, a small number of community-based remand home…
Functional Family Therapy - Cross Generation
Oranga Tamariki has been piloting Pae Whakatupuranga, a new adaptation of functional family therapy, with the support of NZ Police, Department of Corrections, Kia Puāwai (formerly Youth Horizons), and the Functional Family Therapy company based in the Uni…
Supporting children and families through COVID-19
This research provides insights into the trajectory of COVID-19 in the community and community recovery, including how other jurisdictions are continuing to respond to impacts of the pandemic.
Prevalence of Harm to Children and Protective Factors
This analysis presents what we can know about harm to children and young people in New Zealand, as well as protective factors, through a data driven lens. It pulls together information on harm and protective factors from a number of sources, including...
Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey reports
Six reports have been produced from the Adolescent Health Research Group’s Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey. The reports compare outcomes between students who reported involvement with Oranga Tamariki and those who did not.
Intensive Response Developmental Evaluation
The Intensive Response initiative is being carried out by Oranga Tamariki in collaboration with partners in several communities. Intensive Response supports iwi, Māori partners, and communities to work together with whānau to achieve the shared purpose of…
Accommodation options for rangatahi leaving care
Finding appropriate and stable accommodation for young people leaving care can be difficult. This literature review summarises what other jurisdictions are doing, and synthesises the strengths and challenges encountered.
Transitions Support Service evaluation
The Transitions Support Service is for young people moving away from care into independent adulthood. The following reports present findings from the evaluation of the Transitions Support Service.
Complexity of tamariki interacting with Oranga Tamariki – reports of concern compared to entries to care
This analysis explores the complexities of the families of children at different stages of interaction with Oranga Tamariki.
Good practice for disabled tamariki and rangatahi in care
This literature review focuses on identifying good practice for disabled tamariki and rangatahi in out-of-home care (OOHC).
Report on disparities and disproportionality experienced by tamariki Māori
We have a framework to measure disparity and disproportionality in the care and protection system. This report applies that framework to understand disparities experienced by tamariki Māori.
Raising the Age of Care: A technical analysis report
This analysis explores the impacts Raising the Age of Care (RAC) had on the outcomes of rangatahi who were eligible to remain in, or return to, placement for an additional year, until the age of 18.
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Published: July 15, 2022