This page contains information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (external link) made sweeping changes to protect vulnerable children and help them thrive, achieve and belong.The heads of six government departments are now accountable for protecting and improving the lives of vulnerable children. NZ Police, the Ministries of Health, Education, Justice, and Social Development and the Department of Corrections have new, legislated responsibilities.
Child protection policies have been adopted as standard by the agencies above along with Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (Housing), District Health Boards and school Boards of Trustees. Safety checking (screening and vetting) of every person in the central government children’s workforce has been introduced and people with serious convictions will be prohibited from working closely with children, unless they are granted an exemption.