The Tuituia framework and domainsAn overview of how to use the Tuituia framework and information on each of the domains and subdomains, including dynamic risk factors.
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What is Tuituia
Tuituia is our single assessment tool for the tamariki we work with.
It has three parts:
- The Tuituia framework
- The Tuituia recording tool
- The Tuituia report
Tuia ngā āhuatanga o te ao o te mokopuna kia whai oranga!
— Weaving together core aspects of the mokopuna world to enhance wellbeing.
In the Tuituia framework, we refer to children and young people as "mokopuna" rather than "tamariki". Mokopuna means descendent, and can be defined as "a reflection of one’s ancestors". It incorporates the collective nature of caring, and positions tamariki within their whakapapa.
When to use it
All assessment activity must be guided by the Tuituia assessment framework.
The depth and breadth of each assessment is determined by the nature of the concerns, the unique circumstances of each mokopuna and the purpose of our engagement with them. Complete as many domains as required to evidence your decision-making.
Who uses it
The social worker for the mokopuna is responsible for updating the recording tool and completing the assessment report, in consultation with other professionals working with the mokopuna.
If the mokopuna has more than one allocated Oranga Tamariki social worker and/or residential case leader, they'll work together to ensure the Tuituia assessment is current and relevant.
How to use it
1 Tuituia framework
The framework guides all our assessment activity. It:
- offers a holistic view of the mokopuna that can be shared throughout our care and protection, youth justice, residential and high needs services
- provides a consistent framework and focus for information sharing and collaborative cross-agency work.
The framework domains
Tuituia assessment framework (PDF 338 KB)
When we're assessing the wellbeing of the mokopuna, we look across three domains:
- Mokopuna ora — their holistic wellbeing
- Kaitiaki mokopuna — their caregiver's capacity to nurture their wellbeing
- Te ao hurihuri — the whānau, social, cultural and environmental influences surrounding them.
Using the domains and subdomains
For each domain, decide which subdomains you need to explore in your assessment. Each subdomain has assessment prompts and scaling descriptors to guide your planning and information gathering.
For mokopuna who offend, you must explore all the subdomains that are known to be dynamic risk factors.
Mokopuna ora domains
Identity and culture — Tuituia domain
Learning and achievement — Tuituia domain
Kaitiaki mokopuna subdomains
Safety and basic care — Tuituia subdomain
Safe parenting factors — Tuituia subdomain
Skills and knowledge — Tuituia subdomain
Relationship with child or young person — Tuituia subdomain
Guidance and supervision — Tuituia subdomain
Te ao huri huri domain and subdomains
Te ao huri huri — Tuituia domain
Networks of support — Tuituia subdomain
Resources available — Tuituia subdomain
2 Tuituia assessment recording tool
The tool is where we record the areas of need, strength and risk for the mokopuna, and their parents or caregivers.
It is used from intake to discharge to inform our:
- intervention plan
- placement decisions
- ongoing work with mokopuna, their whānau or family, caregivers and other agencies.
You can start using the tool as soon as the mokopuna is entered as a client in CYRAS.
The tool must be kept up-to-date throughout the duration of the case — you can add and update information at any time.
You don't have to use the assessment recording tool if the decision at the safety and risk screen is No Further Action (NFA) or Partnered Response (PR) — however you must still complete a report.
3 Tuituia report
The report is generated from the recording tool. It's the written record of an assessment at a single point in time.
The Tuituia report is designed to be used:
- as the assessment summary when completing a child and family assessment or investigation
- as a report to a family group conference or court
- at other times when a social work assessment is required to support a social work decision, such as referral for a residential or high needs placement, referral for a Gateway assessment, review of a plan or case closure.
Tailor the content of each report to the purpose of the assessment.