Independent Children’s Monitor
Monitoring the oranga tamariki system
They monitor the oranga tamariki system by:
- checking that the organisations which support and work with tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau and families, are meeting their needs, delivering services effectively, and improving outcomes
- monitoring compliance with the Oranga Tamariki Act and associated standards and regulations, including the National Care Standards Regulations
- monitoring system performance and using an outcomes-based approach for tamariki and rangatahi who are in care or at risk of coming into care
- looking at the quality of practice and identifying areas for improvement across the wider oranga tamariki system, under the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System Act.
How Aroturuki Tamariki works
- focus on the stories and lived experiences of tamariki and rangatahi, their whānau, caregivers and community
- contact government organisations — such as Oranga Tamariki, the Police, and those in health and education
- talk with community organisations — including Iwi and Māori organisations and those with care and custody of tamariki and rangatahi
- analyse what they hear from the communities they visit, alongside nationwide data and other information they collect.
Aroturuki Tamariki provides reports to Ministers, which are:
- shown in Parliament and published on their website
- shared with iwi and others who advocate for system change.