The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki and VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai both came into effect on 1 April 2017.
The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki replaced Child, Youth and Family on 1 April 2017. It will focus on five core services – prevention, intensive intervention, care support, youth justice, and transition support into adulthood.
“The new Ministry puts children and young people’s safety and wellbeing first,” Minister for Children Anne Tolley said. “It will work with families and whānau to ensure children and young people get access to the care and support they need, and will ensure they have a say in decisions that affect them.”
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, the independent advocacy service for children and young people in state care, has also been launched.
“VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is working closely with the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki,” Associate Minister for Children Alfred Ngaro said. “The service will expand over time, from a website and a team focused on arranging connection events, to phone and online advocacy by late 2017, and a service in the regions from 2018.”
The Government has funded $1.2 million to help set up VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, in addition to funding from its philanthropic partners. Over the next four years the Government will contribute an extra $6.9 million to build and expand the service.