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Safety of children first - How a centre came to breach regulations

chairs emptyMagic Sparks Milson, one of a group of four centres in Palmerston North and in the Wellington region has been found to have breached regulations.

Allegations included that management did not respond to a complaint that a teacher rough-handled a child, parents were not alerted and the accused teacher was not stood down pending investigation. 

The Ministry of Education investigated the allegations and found the centre in breach of regulations.  

Katrina Casey, Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support at the Ministry said that the centre was placed on a provisional licence in early August to address concerns and satisfy licencing requirements.

“While we were onsite we ensured that the service had removed the teacher at the centre of the incident and that they alerted parents and Oranga Tamariki,” Ms Casey said.

“It was found that the centre had not followed its child protection policy by removing the teacher and alerting all relevant parties – including ourselves.” 

Conditions placed on the licence included updating the paperwork for the centre’s child protection policy and establishing an appraisal system to support teachers’ development.

Magic Sparks Milson was given a 15-day deadline to meet these conditions, which it did by 17 August and it has been returned to a full licence.


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