Safety of Children in Care
The Safety of Children in Care unit reviews and measures the findings of harm for children and young people in care. This enables us to better understand what is happening for children in our care, and work to prevent future harm.
Most children enter the care of Oranga Tamariki because they have been harmed. The data shows that, where we remove children from those harmful situations, in the vast majority of cases we keep them safe. But it also shows that some children continue to experience harm – from family, other adults or other children.
We have taken action around harmful situations, well before the data was collected. In some cases they have involved other agencies, such as the Police. In every single case social workers have done an assessment to determine how we should proceed and whether to involve others.
The harm of any child or young person is unacceptable. This data shows that the changes we are implementing are essential.
The Safety of Children in Care Annual Report
The Safety of Children in Care Annual Report provides data from July 2018 – June 2019 to help us understand the full picture of where harm is occurring. This helps us to focus on the right actions to keep children in care safe.