21 Sep 2023

OT report into youth residences finds serious failings

From Midday Report, 12:12 pm on 21 September 2023

An external review into Oranga Tamariki's youth residences has just been released, with the Ministry saying they expect further charges to be laid against some of their former staff.

Since the review got underway at the end of June, there have been 46 complaints made about staff potentially causing harm to young people in care 28 of those have been referred to the Police.

Oranga Tamariki have removed 22 kaimahi from the youth residences since the start of June, and three staff have been charged with criminal offences.

Oranga Tamariki acting chief executive Phil Grady spoke to Charlotte Cook.