Te Mātātaki 2021: Findings from the 2019/2020 Survey of Tamariki and Rangatahi in Care

Voices of Children and Young People Team within Oranga Tamariki

This report presents findings from Te Tohu o te Ora, the first national survey of tamariki and rangatahi in care.

Te Tohu o te Ora

Te Tohu o te Ora is an annual survey conducted by Oranga Tamariki that seeks to better understand the experiences of tamariki and rangatahi in care. It was delivered for the first time in 2019/2020. The survey was designed with input from tamariki and rangatahi to ensure it is engaging, accessible and focuses on aspects of care experiences that are important to them. Expert advice was also sought to guide our use of appropriate ethical and privacy measures in the design and delivery of the survey.

Te Tohu o te Ora helps Oranga Tamariki fulfil its legislative responsibilities to assist tamariki and rangatahi to express their views on matters that affect them. The survey findings will be used by Oranga Tamariki to drive high quality, culturally responsive improvements to policies, practices, and services.

Te Mātātaki

Te Mātātaki is the annual report on the findings of Te Tohu o te Ora. Through this report, Oranga Tamariki makes public our commitment to listen to the voices of tamariki and rangatahi in care and our accountability to act on what we hear. In this first publication of Te Mātātaki, we outline how findings from Te Tohu o te Ora 2019/2020 were used to identify priority areas where focused action and engagement is required across Oranga Tamariki to improve experiences for tamariki and rangatahi.

An overview is provided of initiatives that are either currently in place, or are being developed, that we believe provide the best opportunities for Oranga Tamariki to contribute to the shifts required.