We need to build engagement and trust with people wanting to care for tamariki and support them through assessment and approval.
It's important that our caregivers are valued and supported so they can provide the best possible care for tamariki.
All our caregivers (including section 396 provider caregivers) must have a regular review of their approval status and support needs.
The All About Me plan is designed to enable us to support and respond to the needs of tamariki and rangatahi in the custody or care of the chief executive in line with the National Care Standards.
The Tamariki All About Me Plan describes how the needs of tamariki and rangatahi in care will be supported, as set out in the All About Me Plan, in a form appropriate to te tamaiti or rangatahi.
We need to visit tamariki and rangatahi as often as they need us to so they can participate and influence decisions about their safety, care and wellbeing needs.
Good health is essential to wellbeing and positive life outcomes. We need to support tamariki to access health services, both to maintain their good health and meet any health and disability needs.
We support tamariki to access education services both to maintain their learning and to meet their specific educational needs. Good education outcomes are essential to good life outcomes.
We must ensure that support is provided to tamariki and rangatahi in care to meet their needs for play, recreation and participation in community activities, including supporting, and assisting caregivers to promote these activities.
The oranga of tamariki is supported when they have a strong sense of culture, including ethnicity, sexuality, gender (including gender diversity), age, disability and faith, identity and belonging.
We need to support tamariki to establish, maintain and strengthen safe connections with their whānau or family (including siblings), hapū, iwi, marae and family group, and anyone else they or their whānau or family identify as important.
To help tamariki and rangatahi have a positive experience when they enter care or go to a new placement, we make sure they understand what's happening and where they're going ahead of time with the 'Welcome to our home' booklet and pre-placement visits.
We have a significant role in supporting all tamariki across care or protection and youth justice so that important events in their life are collected, recorded, maintained and made available.
Under the National Care Standards, every tamaiti and rangatahi is entitled to receive information about what they can expect when they are in care, and be supported to raise any concerns they have.
Tamariki have a right to have their personal belongings with them. We need to ask them what personal belongings are special to them and make sure they remain in the possession of te tamaiti and are looked after.
There are triggers and risk factors that can signal that tamariki and rangatahi may be considering running away. This guidance may help us deal with this situation.
Breastfeeding connects pēpi and their mother spiritually and emotionally, as well as providing physical nourishment. We ensure breastfeeding and access to breast milk, and the physical connection of pēpi to their parents and whānau or family, is supported
We support tamariki and rangatahi effectively as they enter care, move to live with a new caregiver, move into or out of a residence, return home or live permanently with a new whānau or family.
Legal orders for permanent care can support security and stability for tamariki who have been in our care or custody and their caregivers.
The permanent caregiver support package provides permanent caregivers and tamariki with support after their care becomes permanent and custody orders in favour of the chief executive are discharged. We help plan the supports for permanent caregivers.
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