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Last updated: 01/04/2019

Allegations of criminal behaviour by caregivers other than abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki

What to do when an allegation is made against a caregiver relating to criminal behaviour other than abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki — eg, fraud or theft.

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What to do if criminal behaviour by a caregiver is alleged

Once you become aware of alleged criminal behaviour, discuss with your supervisor to determine the best course of action, including notifying Police if appropriate. Oranga Tamariki will then cooperate with the Police as required.

Legal services may also need to be involved, particularly if the best course of action is not clear.

Reviewing a caregiver who has been charged with or convicted of an offence

If a caregiver is charged with, or convicted of, an offence, we must review their approval status.

When reviewing the caregiver's status, consider:

  • What risk does the alleged offending present to a child or young person?
  • Is the caregiver an appropriate role model?
  • How does this impact on their ability to provide care for a child or young person?

Policy: Review of caregiver approval