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Last updated: 11/11/2019

Child Protection Protocol (CPP)

All cases that require an investigation response are worked in consultation with Police and must follow the Child Protection Protocol.

Upcoming changes for this guidance

This content will be strengthened so it more completely reflects our commitment to practice framed by te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on a mana-enhancing paradigm for practice, and drawing from ​Te Ao Māori principles of oranga to support mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. We each need to consider how we can apply these principles to our practice when reading this guidance. The following resources provide support:
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What is the Child Protection Protocol

When a case of potential abuse, neglect or harm may be a criminal offence, we must work together with Police to investigate. The Child Protection Protocol (CPP) is the process that we follow.

When to follow it

Cases that must follow the CPP include:

  • physical abuse that meets the CPP definition
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect that meets the CPP definition.

The CPP definitions are on pages 6 to 8 of the joint operating procedures.

How to follow it

You can download the CPP joint operating procedures document to find out more.

Staff resource: Child Protection Protocol — joint operating procedures (pdf 812KB)