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Another 1000 caregivers needed for vulnerable children

Rachel Das

New Zealanders are not doing enough to look after vulnerable children, says Children’s Commissioner.

Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Beecroft says the whole community needs to get behind Oranga Tamariki, the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

"We have to be (involved) because we can’t just say it’s Oranga Tamariki’s problem to solve. It’ll be beyond that organisation. It’s too easy to say someone else has got to solve it," he said. 

Figures show another 1000 caregivers are needed to look after children in state care.