A young man who was in state care says that as a boy he was taken by a caregiver to a gang house and threatened with a baseball bat.

Billy Harford, 19, said he feared for his life during the 15-minute ordeal in 2012, when he was 12. He was in state care from 2002 to 2015.

Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children, declined to comment on the substance of Harford's allegations, suggesting he lay a complaint with the ministry.

"It is definitely not Oranga Tamariki's practice or policy to drop children already in our care off at locations to