Children’s Commissioner Becroft reappointed

The role will be extended to monitor young people under the Oranga Tamariki Act, up to the age of 25.
Judge Andrew Becroft has agreed to stay on until June 2021.

The Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft has had his appointment extended until 30 June 2021, Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.

Becroft has been an advocate for the wellbeing of children and young people since 2016.

“The Government wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child. It’s what New Zealanders expect in a country like ours.” Sepuloni said.

“This means the interests and wellbeing of children must be at the centre of how we deliver care for children in Oranga Tamariki care. 

“The reappointment of Judge Becroft ensures consistent leadership during a period when independent oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system is being strengthened.

The Children’s Commissioner’s Office will continue to advocate for children and monitor Oranga Tamariki under the existing system while a new independent children’s monitor is established by the Ministry of Social Development.

Once the monitoring function is running well, the intention is for it to be transferred to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

“The scope of the Children Commissioner’s role will also be extended to monitor young people under the Oranga Tamariki Act, up to the age of 25.” Sepuloni said.

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