15 Oranga Tamariki reports released publicly for the first time
So many warnings, so many opportunities: The frustrated words of the Assistant Māori Commissioner for Children as she slams Oranga Tamariki's lack of action on the safety of young people.
Glenis Philip-Barbara’s words come after the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) released 15 reports, under the Official Information Act, into the four Oranga Tamariki youth justice facilities for young people who have, or are alleged to have, committed an offence.
The reports detail allegations of staff assaulting and swearing at young people, children reporting being fearful of going into areas without CCTV cameras, and fleas jumping on an OCC staff member's clipboard during a visit. While Oranga Tamariki has made some changes since, concerns remain.
“After so many urgent warnings, and so many opportunities to change practice and improve life for mokopuna, it’s totally unacceptable that such hurtful practice continues to this day,” Philip-Barbara said.
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