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After the caregiver review

After conducting a caregiver review, put the information gathered into a written report and make a recommendation.

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

After the review

You'll need to keep a written record of the information you gathered and what you discussed with the caregiver during the review process.

Apply social work analysis to the information you have gathered, and make a recommendation about:

  • the caregiver's approval status
  • the needs of the caregiving family.

Put your review report in a casenote on the caregiver record on CYRAS.

Policy: Review of caregiver approval

Advising the caregiver of the review outcome

Whatever your recommendation is, it should not come as a surprise to the caregiver. After careful consideration and discussion with your supervisor, advise the caregiver of your recommendation.

The caregiver:

  • is entitled to a copy of the review
  • should be advised in writing of the outcome of the review.

If needs are identified

If needs are identified:

  • spend time with the caregiver working out a plan and timeframe to meet those needs
  • be prepared to support them through the process
  • you can consider recommending that the caregiver is put on hold until the needs are met or issues resolved.

If concerns are uncovered

If you uncover concerns that mean we need to conduct a child and family assessment or investigation, discuss the concerns with your supervisor and immediately advise the social workers for the tamariki placed in the home.

Intake and early assessment

Policy: Allegations of abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki by caregivers