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State care amendments pass second reading

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/11/2016

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. © Getty Images Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The first stage of legislation to overhaul state care reforms, including extending the age of state care and protection, has passed its second reading.

The legislation first seeks to provide care and protection until a young person is 18, up from 17.

Further amendments are expected to be introduced before the end of the year to allow young people to remain in care until 21, and to receive advice until 25.

This bill also seeks to establish an independent youth advocacy service, and give young people the right to have their views on policy considered.

"We are introducing bold reforms to ensure that we have a truly child-centred system which delivers the life outcomes that vulnerable young people deserve," Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said.

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