Family group conferencing is a family/whānau-led process to plan for how to address concerns about tamariki or rangatahi who are in need of care or protection or about offending by tamariki or rangatahi.
A family group conference is a private and confidential meeting. All discussion and information shared during the conference is privileged.
At a care and protection family group conference, te tamaiti or rangatahi and their family/whānau come together to create their own solutions for the safety and wellbeing concerns, with support from Oranga Tamariki.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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 the Unsupported Child’s Benefit and Child Support.
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 family/whānau strengths and resources to ensure the needs of te tamaiti are met while remaining in the care of their family/whānau.
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