We’re updating and improving this website. It will be down for 2 months between 1 April and 4 June to make the changes. If you need practice information during this time, save it to your computer before 1 April. For advice and support email: practice_centre@ot.govt.nz

Note: if you are Oranga Tamariki staff you will still have access throughout this period.


On this page you will find an alphabetical list of the practice policies held in the Practice Centre.



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  • Caregiver assessment and approval

    This policy outlines the requirements for the assessment and approval of family/whānau caregivers, non-family/whānau caregivers, and domestic and inter-country adoptive parents.

  • Caregiver review

    This policy applies to all caregivers who are approved to care for tamariki in the care or custody of the Chief Executive and section 396 providers.

  • Caregiver support

    This policy applies to Oranga Tamariki approved caregivers (both family/whānau and non-family/whānau) who are caring for children and young people in the care or custody of the Chief Executive.

  • Caring for children and young people

    This policy outlines key expectations when working with tamariki where Oranga Tamariki has casework responsibility, under an open intervention phase - care or protection and youth justice.

  • Convening the youth justice family group conference

    This policy outlines key responsibilities when setting up a youth justice family group conference to ensure that it is unique to the child or young person and their circumstances.

  • Court plans

    This policy outlines the process and content requirements for creating good court plans. It does not detail the end-to-end process of filing applications, affidavits, plans, reports and recommending a discharge of orders in the family court.

  • Creating families through adoption

    This policy outlines the key practice requirements for Oranga Tamariki social workers in four areas of work.

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  • Participation and views of children and young people

    This policy brings together the key expectations when working with children and young people where Oranga Tamariki has casework responsibility (care and protection or youth justice).

  • Professional supervision

    Professional supervision is one of the key enablers that can make positive shifts in practice leading to improved outcomes for tamariki. It provides a formal and on-going process that is vital to quality child-centred practice, professional developme...

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  • Recording

    This policy highlights the expectations around recording and identifies the key practice areas where recording will be focused.

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  • Seeking solutions with families

    This policy focuses on working with families/whānau to develop solutions to respond to care and wellbeing concerns for their children and young people.

  • Sharing and use of information

    This policy outlines the expectations around information gathered by Oranga Tamariki, including notifier confidentiality and the sharing of information with others.

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  • Towards independence

    This policy outlines what you must do to help mokopuna who are preparing to transition from care. It includes planning, financial help, building support networks and living independently.

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  • Youth Court

    This policy describes the Youth Court process and our roles and responsibilities as required under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

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