UN challenges NZ on Vulnerable Children Ministry

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said she was looking forward to receiving recommendations from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child, after a “comprehensive” session in Geneva.

Mrs Tolley and a delegation of officials were questioned by the committee as part of its five-yearly report.

They talked at length about the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

Tolley has defended her Ministry for Vulnerable Children after a UN children’s’ rights committee described it as “a bit strange”

Unicef NZ executive director Vivien Maidaborn, who was part of the delegation, said the panel had expressed concern about the new ministry.

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft, who was part of the New Zealand team, said the committee had some misgivings about the government’s new approach. Continue reading

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