Second child welfare seminar looks at the impact of current policy

This seminar series examines the historical, current, and future role of the State, around families' and children's involvement in the child welfare system

Seminar Two discusses the current state climate and how recent policy changes—such as the integration of Tiriti o Waitangi and Children’s Rights into the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act—will impact ‘business-as-usual.’ A particular focus on multiple aspects of service delivery that determine which children enter care, such as how and which whānau are identified for early intervention/prevention or considered part of the child welfare system, social worker training and autonomy, the Family Court, interactions between state institutions and non-profit support services, and regional diversity in iwi’s involvement, will help to shed light on the ambiguity these legislative changes have introduced into the role of state as children’s care providers.


  • Paula Tesoriero, Disability Commissioner
  • Tania Blythe Williams, Family Court Lawyer (Ngāti Pukenga, Te Arawa (Tapuika and Waitaha)
  • Erin Judge, Oranga Tamariki, Chief Legal Officer
  • David Hanna, Wesley Community Action, Director