6 Oct 2022

Children's Commissioner responds to Oranga Tamariki Ombudsman report

From Morning Report, 7:45 am on 6 October 2022

Children's Commissioner Judge Frances Eivers says it should be mandatory for Oranga Tamariki to investigate every report of suspected child abuse.

It comes after the Chief Ombudsman released a scathing report saying the agency failed to take action when concerns were raised about the safety of five-year-old Malachi Subecz, who was last year murdered by his carer. 

Malachi's whānau raised concerns for months but nothing was done by the state agency. 

Eivers spoke to Susie Ferguson.