Safety of Children in Care
We established the Safety of Children in Care unit in 2018, to implement a new approach to assessing children and young people’s safety in care, to better identify patterns and address the drivers of harm.
The new approach will allow Oranga Tamariki to better understand, and effectively address the harm experienced by tamariki in care. This understanding will enable focussed and effective work to prevent future harm, and improve the safety of tamariki in care.
Most children enter the care of Oranga Tamariki because they have been harmed. This new 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.
2018 Safety of Children in Care data
In the second quarter, from October to December 2018, 97 out of around 6000 children and young people in care had findings of harm.
In the first quarter, from July to September 2018, 130 out of around 6000 children and young people in care had findings of harm.