DHB criticized for dilapidated rangatahi unit

Adam Gifford

Francis Eivers – DHB criticized for dilapidated rangatahi

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The children’s commissioner says the problems at a youth psychiatric facility point to a lack of resources and a lack of attention from health authorities to services for rangatahi.

The children’s commissioner says the problems at a youth psychiatric facility point to a lack of resources and a lack of attention from health authorities to services for rangatahi.

The 12-bed Rangatahi Regional Adolescent Inpatient Unit in Porirua is one of three such units across the country.

Francis Eivers says inspections of his office revealed poor maintenance, including broken windows and locks, tired and depressing decor and a prison cell-like isolation area where distressed rangatahi were held until two and a half days.

“The numbers were not enough, the staff, and I tautoko them absolutely, they care about our mokopuna, they work very hard but they can only do what they can do and even their environment is not optimal , there is a lack of staff resources, lack of training, lack of support, some methods are not optimal,” she says.

Justice Eivers says she would like to see an end to segregation units, as well as a Maori-led approach, for Maori in forensic units.


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