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Last updated: 19/07/2019

Reviewing caregivers

All our caregivers (including section 396 provider caregivers) must have a regular review of their approval status and support needs.

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 approach

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.

Policy: Review of caregiver approval

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.

Caregiver review meetings

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.

Policy: Review of caregiver approval


4 Redo their suitability checks

This includes renewing their:

  • police check (including family violence check)
  • CYRAS check
  • medical report
  • referee check.

Policy: Review of caregiver approval

5 Write the review report

When the review is complete, a review report must be:

  • completed
  • recorded in CYRAS
  • approved by a supervisor.

Policy: Review of caregiver approval

After the caregiver review

6 Review their support plan

We have a plan showing how we're working to support each of our caregivers.

Support for caregivers