In 2021, Oranga Tamariki commissioned a community insights project to make visible the lived experiences of takatāpui and rainbow rangatahi in care, a part of our care population we knew very little about at the time.
We made a deliberate decision to hand over design and delivery to an independent community design team of researchers, counsellors, rainbow advocates, and care-experienced rainbow rangatahi. The community design team were supported by an external Project Navigator from Point and Associates.
Care-experienced rainbow rangatahi from the community design team were supported to carry out peer-to-peer interviews for this project. This helped create a safe space for rainbow and takatāpui rangatahi to talk about their experiences with people they could identify with and trust.
Insights from the project have now been shared in a report called Making Ourselves Visible published on the Te Ngākau Kahukura website, one of the many rainbow community groups that were involved in this project.
Making Ourselves Visible details the experiences of 9 takatāpui and rainbow rangatahi aged 14-23 years who are, or have been, in our care.