of large care and protection residences
The Children's Commissioner has backed a call for the closure of New Zealand's large care and protection residences and the eventual abolition of the four youth justice detention centres.
It comes after a report for the Human Rights Commission found that the use of seclusion in the youth justice residences reviewed had doubled since 2016, while seclusion in the care and protection residences reviewed had declined slightly.
It is a follow-up to a previous report in 2017 by the same author, Dr Sharon Shalev, which was followed by a set of recommendations.
Judge Andrew Becroft said the research emphasised the need to stop using seclusion and restraint on distressed children and young people.