Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

As you may know, the government have amended the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation. The bill covers a wide range of legislative reforms to support the new operating model for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

From 1 April it extended the statutory age of care and protection to under 18, instead of under 17.

Some changes took effect on 13 July 2017 and included ensuring that decision making about children is within the context of their family, whānau, hapū, iwi, family groups, and broader networks and communities. The majority of changes will come into force no later than 1 July 2019, including 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.

The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 has been renamed the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, with an accompanying title of the Children’s and Young People’s Well-being Act 1989. For a full copy of the Act, please click on the following link.






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