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  1. Video for Children's Commissioner wants minimum age of criminal responsibility up to 14
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    Children's Commissioner wants minimum age of criminal responsibility up to 14

    He says the age should rise from 10 to 14. It comes after a report has identified deficiencies in the response to children who offend and immediate improvements must take place.

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    Children's Commissioner looking for Māori assistant commissioner

    New Māori assistant commissioner for children role established.

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    Safeguards for children in secure detention centres extended

    The Children’s Commissioner's role has been widened to provide greater independent oversight of children and young people in secure detention centres.

  4. Video for Māori mothers share horrors of child welfare system in new report
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    Māori mothers share horrors of child welfare system in new report

    Māori mothers of newborns have described their experiences with the child welfare system as brutal, racist and dangerous. 

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    Children’s Commissioner calls for national debate on silence laws

    Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says that his views regarding the right to silence have been simplified. Becroft clarified to Te Ao Māori News that he still upholds the right to silence for those accused. In regards to his recent interview with Duncan Garner, Becroft says: “What I thought that I said when asked if witnesses should be able to just stonewall and remain silent, was that we should consider and debate whether the right to silence for those witnesses should be abolished or amended.” What Becroft did want, he says, is a national conversation on how this fundamental right is applied in child abuse investigations. Becroft says that he wants a discussion on whether the laws are ‘fit for purpose’, not the abolition of a 400 year old democratic right. “We should seriously debate whether the right to silence for witnesses and those who saw what’s going on or know part of the puzzle whether they should be obliged to answer relevant piece questions.”

  6. Video for Ngāti Porou iwi-led model for children's care applauded
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    Ngāti Porou iwi-led model for children's care applauded

    Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft applauds the Ngāti Porou people for taking ownership of their descendants in state care. This comes after Ngāti Porou presented a report into its iwi-led model of care to the Children's Commissioner and the Ministry of Social Development. 

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