The journey to achieve oranga tamariki starts here and now. Guarding the wellbeing of our children is a huge, but exciting challenge – one that every New Zealander has a hand in.
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We are a new Ministry dedicated to supporting any child in New Zealand whose wellbeing is at significant risk of harm now, or in the future. We also work with young people who may have offended, or are likely to offend.

Our belief is that in the right environment, with the right people surrounding and nurturing them, any child can, and should flourish.

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Social workers rock

Like many other young people, this 18-year-old aspiring chef from Whangarei has turned his life around thanks to the efforts of a social worker.

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National Social Workers' Day

A message from Paul Nixon, Chief Social Worker, about celebrating the contributions of social workers.

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KickStart Breakfast Awards

KickStart Breakfast programme has announced the 2017 Breakfast Club winners.

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Gráinne's update - September

Our chief executive Gráinne Moss talks about recognising National Social Workers' Day and our priorities over the next 12 months.

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A bicultural roopu for mokopuna

A bicultural roopu for mokopuna in care has opened in Auckland.

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Meet VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai or ‘Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to Me’ is the independent connection and advocacy service.

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Gráinne's update - August

Our chief executive Gráinne Moss talks about our journey and initiatives that are underway.

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Speaking up to stay safe

Rangimarie wanted her voice and her younger sisters’ voices to be heard by their whānau. Together, they want to feel loved and secure.

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Celia Patrick, DCE Partnering for Outcomes

Celia (right) shares how she sees our partners, providers and community groups working together to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

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Social worker recruitment

We're leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis.

We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children.

Go to our social worker recruitment website

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If you're a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.

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Feedback and Complaints

We're keen to hear about your experience with us. Do you have any ideas about how we can improve our service?

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