'deliberately preempt' Royal Commission
Survivors of abuse in care have accused the Government of “deliberately preempting” a Royal Commission of inquiry into state care abuse with its planned shakeup of Oranga Tamariki oversight.
Proposals to replace the Children’s Commissioner with a board of representatives and place an independent monitor of Oranga Tamariki within the Education Review Office, rather than as a standalone entity, have attracted criticism from both former and current commissioners.
There are also concerns the work is cutting across the work of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care, tasked with looking into the historical mistreatment of young people and providing recommendations for reforms by next year.
The Royal Commission Forum, an independent community organisation set up in 2018 to monitor and support the commission’s work, told MPs it was “dismayed” by the decision to push ahead with changes before the inquiry was concluded.