Following 23 years of his 30 year Policing career, working and leading Police Aid and youth engagement teams, Ross was instrumental in the establishment of Oranga Tamariki, our Territory Families equivalent in New Zealand.
Oranga Tamariki redirected its efforts in 2017 from punitive to restorative and a range of reform have been developed which are in line with the reforms recommended through the Royal Commission into Child Protection and Youth Justice.
Inspector Lienert shared the ongoing journey New Zealand Police have taken to embrace a trauma informed, early intervention model that aims to support families experiencing vulnerability, before the point of crisis.
Key messages conveyed;
The Royal Commission recommended that the Northern Territory establish a specialised police youth division based on the New Zealand model, with Inspector Lienert’s visit a response to this recommendation.
Evaluation of the New Zealand Reform
Following two years of implementation, an evaluation was conducted by Phil Spiers with the below outcomes. (https://www.orangatamariki.govt.nz/search/SearchForm?Search=Phil+Spiers+research)
Percentage of Youth Offenders
No reoffending after two years
Family Group Conferencing
50 – 60% success
Information of Interest