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:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice shift
What's involved in a caregiver review
We review our caregivers’ approval status every 2 years.
We also review them:
- if they have a significant change in circumstances
- if they wish to change their approval type, or
- following an investigation or assessment of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki by the caregiver.
The process for reviewing adoptive applicants while they're waiting for a placement is slightly different.
Adoptive applicant support and review
1 Meeting with the caregiver at their home
You must meet with each approved caregiver in their home.
2 Get feedback from others
You must also:
- consult with the social worker of any tamariki placed with the caregiver
- consult with other agencies working with te tamaiti.
3 Consider their circumstances
You must also consider:
- their current circumstances
- any changes in circumstances since their last review
- the physical environment of their home
- the details of any allegations or investigations.
4 Redo their suitability checks
This includes renewing their:
- police check (including family violence check)
- CYRAS check
- medical report
- referee check.
6 Review their support plan
We have a plan showing how we're working to support each of our caregivers.