OT places children

with assaulting caregiver

An approved Oranga Tamariki caregiver who assaulted a child in her care last year and had her caregiver status revoked is still looking after children through the state agency on a regular basis.

Newsroom understands an Oranga Tamariki social worker, who attends the same church as the caregiver and her husband, has placed two siblings with the couple as respite care for two nights approximately every three weeks.

Because they are no longer approved caregivers the couple cannot be paid the caregiver allowance.

A person with close knowledge of the children involved told Newsroom the social worker’s manager and supervisor support the regular respite placement by way of providing grocery vouchers, and that the placement is not officially recorded.

Oranga Tamariki guidelines are clear that children should not be placed in the care of someone who has confirmed allegations of abuse, neglect or harm against them and whose status as a caregiver has been revoked as a result.

Link to article: OT places children with assaulting caregiver (msn.com)


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