Partial repeal of the subsequent children provisions
Cabinet papers about amendments to the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 – partial repeal of the subsequent children provisions. A subsequent child is a child whose older sibling is in care and it is unlikely that child will return to their parent.”
In November 2021, the Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill (the Bill) was introduced to the House of Representatives. This Bill actions Cabinet’s July 2020 agreement to partially repeal the subsequent children provisions.
The decisions Cabinet made were based on a review of the provisions that found they are complex and confusing, are not commonly used, and pre-determine the risk of harm for children. We have written a review of the evidence base supporting these changes.
The safety and wellbeing of children remains our key priority, and the partial repeal does not diminish our ability to respond when we have concerns about the safety of a subsequent child.
The Bill will partially repeal the provisions for the vast majority of subsequent children – with the provisions retained only for the small number of cases where the parent has a conviction for the murder, manslaughter or infanticide of a child in their care.
Cabinet also noted that further work was required to provide additional support to parents and whānau who are not in a position to provide long term care for their child or young person. This was intended to support these parents and whānau to heal following child removal and to reduce risk for possible future children.
Work has been undertaken to shape and cost these additional supports, which are intended to be co-designed with communities and delivered by iwi, Māori, and community providers. Oranga Tamariki is currently investigating options to fund this new support.
Cabinet papers and minutes
CAB-21-MIN-0471 – Cabinet Minute
LEG-21-MIN-0179 – Cabinet Legislation Committee Minute
Cabinet paper - Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill: Approval for Introduction
Cover sheet - Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill - Approval for Introduction
Cover sheet - 7 September 2020
Cabinet paper – Taking a child and whānau-centred approach to subsequent children
Regulatory Impact Analysis
SWC-20-MIN-0103 – Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee Minute
CAB-20-MIN-0352 – Cabinet Minute
Published: November 25, 2021