Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki

Related legislation currently before Parliament will raise the age of state care and protection to 18, and establish an independent youth advocacy service.

### NZ Herald Online 11:03 AM Thursday Aug 18, 2016
Ministry for Vulnerable Children to be established
By Nicholas Jones – political reporter
A stand-alone ministry that will replace Child, Youth and Family has been officially named – and will try and reverse what the Government admits are “atrocious” outcomes for children. Speaking at an event in Grey Lynn, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said the new ministry would be named the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.
“This is not a rebranding exercise. It is how this ministry performs, rather than its name, which will make a difference for vulnerable young people,” said Tolley, who will also become the first Minister for Vulnerable Children.
“The long-term outcomes for young people in the current system are simply atrocious. When we started this process nearly a year and a half ago I promised there would be no more tinkering around the edges. Too many kids who come into contact with CYF end up on a benefit, or in prison, or with few qualifications. This has to stop.”
Tolley said advice from the State Services Commission, Treasury and Ministry for Social Development had recommended a stand-alone department be established, given the scale of the proposed reforms. CYF is currently a service of the Ministry of Social Development. The new ministry will have a much wider brief than the existing CYF, with a $1.3 billion annual budget by 2019-20 to buy extra education, health, employment and social services for the families of all “vulnerable” children. […] The new ministry would focus on five core services – prevention, intensive intervention, care support services, transition support and a youth justice service.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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8 responses to “Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki

  1. Anne Tolley, first Minister for Vulnerable Children. I think this is not going to help our abused and murdered children statistics unless we get back to responsibility of parents for the children they bear. It is that not the children that needs to be changed back to what it once was.

    • Elizabeth

      Credit to Tolley for getting things moving. Yes we all have to take responsibility but human nature does mean vulnerable children for all sorts of reasons require care and so it will be forever more. Can we get the numbers down and not institutionally abuse them on the way…. (CYF).

  2. Elizabeth

    ### Wed, 17 Aug. 2016
    Nightly Interview: Rob Thomson
    A group of organisations attempting to tackle domestic violence issues are planning to meet later this year. Rob Thomson heads the Dunedin Coalition Against Family Violence, and is one of the people behind the gathering.
    Ch39 Link

  3. Elizabeth

    Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki

    Sat, 20 Aug 2016
    ODT Editorial: Vulnerable to bad PR
    OPINION What’s in a name? A lot — particularly in the public sector.
    “Civil-service speak” litters official documents. [….] How refreshing to have a simple name that actually reflects its stated aim: a ministry specifically for our most vulnerable children, those in state care, those who have been neglected, abused, traumatised and marginalised, those who have been failed by their parents and caregivers, and by the State. The name puts those children front and centre — just as the Government has promised in its new approach. The name is spot on. But, of course, it is just a name.

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    Hmm, yes, it’s just a name. But what WILL it mean when it turns out to be “kids who are under t’welfare”? Like “special” meaning “specially below par” in some way or another because exceptionally able kids who streak ahead academically or with musical or artistic skills aren’t described as having “special needs” even though they too need extra attention if they are not to be held back to within egalitarian average achievement. And “abled” as in “differently abled” – which is supposed to be a nice way of saying “disabled in one way but not all ways”, rather than extra able such as mathematical whizz kids -who are “different” too. The words disguising old words that have become tactless, are forever being replaced as they in turn become too readily decoded.
    What will become of the advice (to adults) to “be open, allow yourself to be vulnerable”?

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Radio news bulletin – use of the term “special needs” is now to be discouraged. A new euphemism has been delivered by a gastro-safe decontaminated thinktanker.

  5. Elizabeth

    Garrick Tremain – 19 Aug 2016

  6. Elizabeth

    Major crack showing with Ministry for Vulnerable Children, why are we not surprised. Same dickheads running the asylum (I do not refer to the social worker mentioned in the news item).

    Fri, 21 Apr 2017
    ODT: Suicidal teen put in Dunedin hotel
    A vulnerable teenager was admitted to Dunedin Hospital with an overdose on Wednesday night, after authorities had decided to house him alone in a hotel, despite him having attempted to commit suicide just two weeks ago. The 16-year-old has been in and out of residential care since he was 12 but had been placed in a Dunedin hotel this week due to a shortage of residential care facility beds. […] The Ministry for Vulnerable Children (MFVC) said the hotel placement was a “last resort” but the Children’s Commissioner has labelled the short-term accommodation option as “not good enough”. NZME Cont/

    Where to get help:
    ● Lifeline: 0800 543354 or 095222999
    ● Suicide Prevention Helpline: 0508 828865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
    ● Youthline: 0800 376633 or free text 234
    ● Samaritans: 0800 726666
    If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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