Family group conferencing
About family group conferencing
A family group conference is a meeting where we support whānau to come together when there are worries about the way a tamaiti or rangatahi is cared for, their safety or wellbeing or if a tamaiti or rangatahi is offending.
Confidentiality and the family group conference
A family group conference is a private and confidential meeting. All discussion and information shared during the conference is privileged.
Care and protection family group conference
A care and protection family group conference supports whānau or family to come together when there are worries about the way a tamaiti or rangatahi is cared for and develop a plan to address concerns or needs for assistance for te tamaiti or rangatahi.
Family Court orders
Applying for care or protection orders
When we have determined that a care or protection order is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of te tamaiti, we carefully consider their circumstances and consult with our supervisor and Legal Services to decide which application to make.
Types of court orders
We need to understand the rights, powers and responsibilities of the different court orders that place a tamaiti in the care or custody of the chief executive. Other orders can also be sought, for example support or services orders.
Legal statuses for custody, guardianship or placement
The Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, Care of Children Act 2004, Adoption Act 1955 and Immigration Act 2009 have provisions for when Oranga Tamariki must approve the care arrangement for tamariki and rangatahi when they’re unable to live with their parents.
Traffic offences in Youth Court jurisdiction
All traffic offences that are not infringement offences are included in the Youth Court jurisdiction. Family group conferences are convened as required for these traffic offences.
14-day reviews of tamariki and rangatahi detained in a residence (section 242(1A)) or Corrections youth unit (section 242(2B))
We monitor tamariki and rangatahi who are detained in an Oranga Tamariki residence or Corrections youth unit in a prison at least once every 14 days. We try to find a community-based or other less restrictive placement option where appropriate.
Detaining 17-year-old rangatahi in a youth unit of a prison
Oranga Tamariki and the Department of Corrections can make a joint application to the Youth Court to detain a 17-year-old rangatahi in a youth unit of a prison to ensure the safety of any rangatahi in Oranga Tamariki custody.
Supporting rangatahi in police custody under section 238(1)(e) before Youth Court hearing
A social worker is allocated to each rangatahi in police custody to undertake the requirements of the Youth Court review process under section 241(2) and to ensure we are monitoring the safety and wellbeing of rangatahi while in police custody.
Additional factors to be considered by Youth Court when making an order under section 283(o) – section 284(1A)
Section 284(1) lists the factors that the Youth Court must consider when making certain orders under section 283. Section 284(1A) requires additional factors to be considered if the order is under section 283(o).
Cancellation of a section 311 order – section 316(1A)
The chief executive (or their delegate) may make an application to the Youth Court to cancel a supervision with residence order made under section 311 of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 placing a rangatahi aged 17 years in the custody of the chief executive.
Other interventions topics
Child Support, Unsupported Child's Benefit and Orphan's Benefit
We can help people caring for tamariki or rangatahi who are not in the custody of the Oranga Tamariki chief executive to apply for financial support through Child Support, the Unsupported Child’s Benefit and the Orphan's Benefit.
Support and assistance for tamariki and rangatahi not in need of care or protection
We can provide support and assistance to address risks or wellbeing concerns for a tamaiti or rangatahi even if they are not in need of care or protection.
A family/whānau agreement is an intervention that uses whānau or family strengths and resources to ensure the needs of te tamaiti are met while remaining in the care of their whānau or family.
A partnered response is an early intervention for tamariki and whānau or family who have support needs that don't present a risk of serious harm for te tamaiti, and so don't need a statutory Oranga Tamariki response.
Talking to tamariki, whānau or family and caregivers about the COVID-19 vaccine
This guidance supports kaimahi who work directly with tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau or family and caregivers to help them to have conversations about vaccination against COVID-19. It also includes the consent process.
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Convening the youth justice family group conference
Holding the youth justice family group conference
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