The report - Mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people involved with Oranga Tamariki - recognises that children and young people involved with Oranga Tamariki often have high mental health and wellbeing needs, with Māori, Pacific, disabled and rainbow children more likely to be represented in this population. It also identifies that these children face significant barriers to accessing support services.
The report was published alongside the Cross Agency Response, developed jointly by Manatū Hauora, Te Whatu Ora, and Oranga Tamariki. The response explains an implementation plan, drawing upon government initiatives currently underway, or planned, to respond to the issues raised in the report, and recognises the wellbeing needs of children and rangatahi should be met by a comprehensive system of supports and services.
The wellbeing report is the second of 9 needs assessments to be published and is a requirement of the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan.