Tag Archives: children

Maternity social work: When one becomes two

By A. Rand The recently announced reforms issued by the newly formed Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT) indicates a strong focus of care that will consist of a child-centred approach, in which the needs of children would be considered … 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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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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Looking back in order to look forward- state care

By Faith Gatsby Hindsight is a fantastic concept isn’t it? From my own personal experiences, I’ve found that looking back at how I did things in the past is a great way to assess how I can better position myself … Continue reading

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Who protects us from the State?

by Amiria Goodenough When the media reports the tragedies of children treated mercilessly at the hands of their abusers, society is outraged. Sickened to the point where protesters with picket signs march throughout the main cities of New Zealand chanting … 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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Silencing the past deepens the cycle of abuse

by Meralda Grey The New Zealand government has been faced with calls to instigate an independent inquiry into abuse suffered by thousands of children in the state care system. An apology and possible redress for harms suffered is important and … Continue reading

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Abuse in State Care – Revelations demand an Inquiry

by Vicky Michaels Like many New Zealanders earlier this month, on the 9th of April 2017 I watched the The Hui, the TV3 current affairs programme that revealed to the wider public for the first time, atrocities that had occurred in … Continue reading

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