Oranga Tamariki faces shake-up with new law in force

From Morning Report, 6:13 am on 1 July 2019

Oranga Tamariki is set for a massive shakeup today, with The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act coming into full force.

Under the law, the Ministry must provide a practical commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and offer support to state care leavers until age 25.

Significant changes to the Youth Justice System also take effect on July 1, which include the introduction of 17-year-olds into the youth court.

RNZ youth affairs reporter Katie Doyle caught up with the Principal Youth Court Judge John Walker to talk about the shift.