In response to COVID-19, we are modifying some of our usual practice approaches to keep our staff, tamariki and communities safe.

Maintaining COVID-19 safe and aware practice

We have updated our guidance for Alert Level 2. Keep checking back for updates and new guidance, including our contact tracing requirements (PDF 133KB), guidance for holding tamariki and rangatahi related in-person meetings (PDF 203KB) and the planning tool for holding FGCs and hui person to person safely (PDF 168KB).

Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/covid-19-implications-for-our-practice/when-covid-19-is-suspected-or-confirmed/
Printed: 05/06/2020
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Last updated: 15/05/2020

When COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed

Summary of COVID-19-specific guidance for Oranga Tamariki practitioners.

Guidance summarised in the table

  • Testing tamariki for COVID-19
  • Talking with tamariki and rangatahi about COVID-19
  • Care arrangements for tamariki in care when COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed
  • Responding to COVID-19-specific reports of concern
  • Engaging with tamariki or whānau members who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Engaging and transporting when COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed

Summary of guidance

Guidance Key factors to take into account Related guidance
Testing tamariki for COVID-19 (PDF 239 KB)

This guidance has been updated for Alert Level 2.

It supports us to actively promote and encourage testing for COVID-19 where it is suspected or confirmed.

It also clarifies legal issues regarding testing for tamariki in the custody of the chief executive.

Testing is encouraged for anyone who is symptomatic or meets the risk criteria.

Testing is even more important under Alert Level 2 as the amount of close contact with others increases.

Custody, guardianship and wardship

Case definition of COVID-19 — Ministry of Health

Privacy and COVID-19 — Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Talking with tamariki and rangatahi about COVID-19 (PDF 116 KB)

Care arrangements for tamariki in care potentially exposed to COVID-19 (PDF 257 KB)

Whānau contact arrangements for tamariki in the care or custody of the chief executive (PDF 141 KB)

Talking with tamariki and rangatahi about COVID-19 (PDF 116 KB)

This guidance has been updated for Alert Level 2.

We can now engage person to person with tamariki, ensuring we do so safely by following the guidance.

We use the range of resources available to explain to tamariki and rangatahi in a developmentally appropriate way what COVID-19 is and why managing it is so important. This becomes even more crucial as people's consciousness about COVID-19 reduces over time.

Tamariki and rangatahi may be anxious about the move to Alert Level 2 and we need to support them with that.

 

Whānau contact arrangements for tamariki in the care or custody of the chief executive (PDF 141 KB)

Helping children and young people while they are learning at home — Ministry of Education

Guiding Māori through the COVID-19 pandemic 2020 — Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā

Resources for supporting children's emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic — childtrends.org

Tips for families: coronavirus — Zero to Three

When the world stayed home (staff resource) (PDF 862 KB)

The story of the oyster and the butterfly — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital

Coronavirus social story — theautismeducator.ie

Supporting individuals with autism through uncertain times — Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

Care arrangements for tamariki in care when COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed (PDF 257 KB)

This guidance has been updated for Alert Level 2.

We engage with public health officials to support us in making safe and appropriate decisions about care arrangements where COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed.

The bubble concept no longer applies, so intead we have to think about close contacts.

Contact tracing will be the best way to determine risk of exposure.

 
Responding to COVID-19-specific reports of concern (PDF 207 KB)

This is new guidance for Alert Level 2.

This guidance supports decision-making about whether a report of concern or assessment is required when we are contacted about COVID-19-specific tamariki wellbeing concerns. These might include school participation, parental or rangatahi non-compliance with alert level requirements or public health related matters.

Use the usual decision response tool to assess and respond to concerns reported about tamariki related to COVID-19.

There will be an increase in wellbeing concerns for tamariki due to COVID-19 impacts. Oranga Tamariki has a role in responding but so do other agencies.

Know when to refer COVID-19 matters to Police, Health and Education.

Intake decision response tool

Engaging with tamariki or whānau members who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19

In critical or very urgent situations, usually involving tamariki safety, we may still need to engage with tamariki, rangatahi or whānau members where COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, or we may become aware that this is the case during our casework. Where this is known ahead of time, manager approval is required before the engagement. If it is identified COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed during the engagement, managers must be advised as soon as possible. The appropriate health, safety and escalation processes must be followed.

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 health and safety guide (staff resource) (PDF 679KB)

Engaging and transporting when COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed (PDF 276 KB)

There are a range of circumstances in which we might need to engage with and transport those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

How to respond if we become aware of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 during the course of our engagement.

Applying health and hygiene must-do’s and added precautions where COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed.

Managing the impact of these measures on tamariki and whānau.