Would you take in a child you didn't know?

Long Lunch 31/01/2018
Children at school. Credit: Getty.

Would you take in a child you didn't know?

A survey by Oranga Tamariki asked New Zealanders a number of questions about vulnerability and children, including what level of responsibility they feel they have to kiwi kids.

James Whitaker, general manager for Oranga Tamariki joined Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch to discuss the survey.

He says 49 percent of respondents felt a sense of responsibility to a child in their community they didn't know.

"It doesn't mean they're willing to take them under their wing or have them at home for a formal childcare.

"It just means that they feel responsible for tamariki that they don't know," he said.

But he said about 90 percent of people felt a sense of responsibility to a child they did know.

"So that's quite a big gap.

We're very keen for that gap to close.

If you are able to become a child care provider, please visit Oranga Tamariki's website for more information - orangatamariki.govt.nz

Listen to the full interview with James Whitaker above.

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