Two young teenage girls have reported separately that they were raped by boys while in state care in Upper Hutt. Phil Pennington reports.
Police say they've investigated both cases, and one - involving a 12-year-old girl - is still open.
"These are family homes - they are not secure residences. Young people can have access to their social groups. The young people don't always make the best choices regarding their friends," Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children said in a statement.
"These young people do not spend all of their time at homes and it is not possible to monitor them every minute of the day."