Oranga Tamariki Bill passes second reading
The second phase of a major legislative reform programme, aimed at improving life outcomes for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and young people, passed its second reading in Parliament yesterday, 29 June. The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill makes a wide range of legislative changes in order to support the new operating model for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.
Proposals in the Bill include:
- changing the purposes and principles of the Act to place children and young people at the centre of decision-making and consider them within the context of their families, whānau, hapū, iwi, family groups, and broader networks and communities
- allowing young people to remain or return to living with a caregiver until the age of 21, with transition support and advice available up to age 25
- strengthening information sharing provisions to keep vulnerable children and young people safe from harm
- extending the youth justice system to include most 17 year olds (excluding those charged with serious offences)
- enhanced complaints processes.