Children in care need to be kept safe

The Children’s Commissioner’s third State of Care report paints a damning picture of the treatment of children placed in state care, the Green Party said today.

“The report shows that some children in secure residences are not safe and the conditions have been described as prison-like. We also know that the Government has pulled back monitoring of how many children are currently being abused in state care,” said Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie.

“Taken together, it’s clear there are some serious gaps in the oversight of children in state care.

“The Green Party in government will ensure that the office of the Children’s Commissioner is funded appropriately, so that each residence can be thoroughly monitored on a more regular basis.

“The Children’s Commissioner currently has limited ability to investigate individual cases, look into foster homes, or do to the follow-up required to ensure children’s safety. It is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that these allegations are able to properly reported and resolved.

“There is also a clear need for an independent body to resolve historic and current complaints of abuse and neglect of children while in state care.

“These systemic issues need addressing to ensure that the abuse of children in state care stops immediately,” said Ms Logie.  

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

Take Action

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Social Development Announcements

Story

Marama Davidson's State of the Planet speech

Mā te oranga o te taiao, ka ora ai te iwi, mō te takitini kāore mō te torutoru anake. Nei ra taku mihi tuatahi ki a koe e te koka o te ao, korua ko...
Read More

Policy

Equality

Everyone should be treated equally, with access to what we need to live a good life.  In government we've fought to implement policy that ensures...
See More

Story

​Lifting incomes a priority: Green Party

The Green Party acknowledges the Government’s progress report on implementing the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, as highligh...
Read More

Story

Welfare reform key to a just transition that is inclusive and fair

The Green Party has welcomed the Council of Trade Unions’ call for a people-led, people-focused response to climate change, including increasing be...
Read More

Story

Ensuring fairness and safety for victims of sexual violence in the justice system

The Government will introduce law changes later this year to ensure that the justice system, in prosecuting sexual violence cases, does no more har...
Read More

Story

New laws to address family violence and keep victims safe from 1 July

New family violence laws will increase the safety of victims and their families, create effective interventions for people who use violence, and en...
Read More