Tag Archives: child protection

Care and Protection – giving voice back to our whānau and tamariki

by The Social Worker  I recognise that the core role of the Care and Protection (C&P) social worker is helping children and young people to feel safe and to be safe in their family. The New Zealand C&P is deeply … Continue reading

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Today’s social worker of Aotearoa New Zealand: Responding without reacting to a child’s basic needs expressed in bad behaviour

By Sky Norm Oranga Tamariki believes that in the right environment a child will thrive, however there is no black on white meaning or definition attached to it.  Belonging does not necessarily mean “right” environment. Hope comes with purpose, but … Continue reading

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Evolving impressions of decision making at the new ministry

by Meralda Grey As you all know and some are also experiencing, I’m currently on practicum at Oranga Tamariki. It certainly is an interesting experience. Especially after 18 months of lectures critiquing policy and practice in child protection. After three short weeks … Continue reading

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A ‘cast’ for families – Rethinking child protection

by Cara Stanford ‘You don’t fix a broken leg with amputation, a cast holds the pieces together to allow them to heal and bond again’ (Rowden, 2016, np).  In the same vein, why are we fixing struggling families involved with … Continue reading

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Ministry for Vulnerable Children leaves an uncertain taste in the mouth

by Anonymous The opening of the newly formatted Ministry of Vulnerable Children (Oranga Tamariki) has brought uncertainty in the way that it seeks to decrease the abuse of children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the key … Continue reading

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HMS MVCOT

by Lauren Bartley Child Youth and Family has limped to its long awaited demise and was replaced on April 1st with the shimmering new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki. Some are revelling in the changes, apparently including social workers, … Continue reading

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Predictive Risk Modelling; How does it work? Can it work?

by Hitendra Patel In Aotearoa New Zealand, a politically motivated ‘social investment‘ strategy determines social policy. Adopting a residual welfare approach social investment is dependent on the use of data and evidence to inform and target early interventions to mitigate … Continue reading

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Hit me babe one more time

by TheSocialWorker After the release of another report on the care system in Aotearoa, it is surprising to see that for almost two decades now, Child, Youth and Family apparently keep on getting it wrong when it comes to protect … Continue reading

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