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In Response To The Oranga Tamariki Whistleblower Story


The members of the Youth Work professional association
Korowai Tupu have seen the Newsroom article and on the face
of it the inexcuseable actions included. We tautoko the
person who has brought to light this practice and are most
concerned for the young person/people involved, and others
who may have had similar experiences.

This behaviour
is not consistent with Youth Work and is not how Youth Work
is, or should be practiced. Youth Work upholds the national
princples of youth development, Mana Taiohi as well as the
Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa. Korowai Tupu
condems abusive treatment of rangatahi who should be safe in
the care of Oranga Tamariki by any professional, especially
those who hold the title of youth worker. This is not youth
work, and the people engaging in these practices are not
youth workers.

We strongly urge those working
alongside rangatahi in formal settings to work towards
membership of Korowai Tupu, in recognition of safe, skilled,
ethical practice. There are a range of evidence-based,
highly respected national qualifications in Youth Work from
certificate-level, through diploma-level to degrees that can
be accessed full time or on the job.

We acknowledge
that Youth Work takes place in a number of different
settings within Oranga Tamariki and that more infrastructure
is needed to support professional Youth Work to thrive. We
know that there is a great appetite within Oranga Tamariki
for change, that this change is coming from a range of
levels, and professional youth workers working within Oranga
Tamariki are a key part of this change. We acknowledge past
and on-going kōrero with Oranga Tamariki to clarify the
role of youth workers within their organisation, and to
differentiate between those practicing professional youth
work and those assigned the title of youth worker
inaccurately.

We hope that together, we can make these
changes rapidly, and effectively.
Most of all, we want
rangatahi in care to be safe.

Korowai Tupu is the
professional association for Youth Work in Aotearoa. Our
members meet the standards set by our Core Competencies, are
accountable to the Youth Work Code of Ethics and are
committed to an ongoing professional development. Korowai
Tupu sits under the unbrella of Ara Taiohi, the peak body
for youth development in
Aotearoa.

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