He Take Kōhukihuki | A Matter of Urgency – Ombudsman inquiry
The Chief Ombudsman released the outcome of his investigation into Oranga Tamariki on 6 August 2020.
The Chief Ombudsman investigated the following two areas of practice when a newborn baby is removed from their parents, whānau or other caregivers:
- decision making around applying to the Family Court for a without notice interim custody order, including the evidence used by Oranga Tamariki to seek this order
- practices around the removal of a baby when an order is granted – including looking at how Oranga Tamariki works with other parties involved, such as district health boards, iwi and Police.
The Chief Ombudsman released the outcome of his investigation on 6 August 2020 – we accepted all the recommendations.
The Ombudsman has recommended that we report quarterly to him on our progress in addressing his recommendations.
Published: August 8, 2020