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Assessment and decision making policy — Resources

Updated: 24 February 2017

What's Important To Us

Assessment is central to all social work activity. It is the process of understanding the risks, challenges and achievements for mokopuna [1] and family/whānau we work with. Assessment is not an isolated event but a continual process of noticing, making sense of and responding to change and progress.

Assessment provides us with a roadmap for change. It helps us work with mokopuna, their families/whānau and other professionals involved in their lives. It informs quality decision making and planning for mokopuna, provides the focus for our interventions and keeps everyone on track.

We work in culturally responsive ways, seeking family/whānau-led solutions and collaborating with other agencies and professionals to improve outcomes for mokopuna. At all times mokopuna are at the centre of our work; they have the right to participate and express their views about actions or decisions that significantly affect them, and to have their views taken into account.

[1] Mokopuna describes descendent rather than being translated as a grandchild and does not denote gender or age. Mokopuna can be defined as “a reflection of one’s ancestors”, emphasising descent lines. Mokopuna in the context of the core business for Oranga Tamariki is about children and young people

Intake Decision Resources

Intake decision response guidelines

Intake decision response tool (PDF 22 MB)

Child Protection Protocol Resources

Child Protection email addresses (PDF 199 KB)

CPP consult and initial joint investigation plan template (DOCX 309 KB)

CPP Joint operating procedures between NZ Police and Child, Youth and Family (PDF 811 KB)

CPP meeting minutes template (DOC 37 KB)

Specialist child interviewing

Undertaking a mass allegation investigation

Tuituia Resources

Care and Protection Assessment Flowchart (DOCX 283 KB)

Case Evaluation (CET) Guidance (PDF 777 KB)

Elements of Quality Assessment (PDF 334 KB)

Kaitiaki Mokopuna - assessment prompts

Mokopuna Ora - assessment prompts

Tuituia domains and subdomains (PDF 293 KB)

Tuituia Framework - Dimensions (PDF 338 KB)

Tuituia Framework Guidelines

Tuituia Report Guidelines (PDF 529 KB)

Tuituia scaling descriptors (PDF 620 KB)

Practice principles (PDF 329 KB)

Specialist Child Interview Resources

Video tour of an evidential video suite

Subsequent Children Resources

Safety of subsequent children: International literature review. Anne Kerslake Hendricks and Katie Stevens, Families Commission Research and Evaluation Team, January 2012

Safety of subsequent children: Māori children and whānau: A review of selected literature. Fiona Cram, PhD, Katoa Ltd, for the Families Commission—Kōmihana ā Whānau , January 2012

Subsequent children — Step by step guide (PDF 419 KB)

Subsequent children: s18A assessment by social worker

The s18B criteria

Other Resources

Child and family consult (PDF 359 KB)

Child/young person and family consult guidelines

Home alone - legal definition (DOC 20 KB)

Key and co-social worker roles (PDF 141 KB)

Neglect of medical care guideline - Schedule 3 of MoU with Police and DHBs (PDF 624 KB)

Overview of tools and processes (PDF 293 KB)

Practice tools overview (PDF 298 KB)

Practice triggers summary (PDF 312 KB)

SACs, Kessler and Suicide screens (SACS) (PDF 288 KB)

Safety and risk screen guidelines

Substances and choices scale (PDF 76 KB)

Substances and choices scale: Clinician guide (PDF 51 KB)

Suicide risk assessment tool: Question prompts (DOC 50 KB)

Suicide risk assessment tool: Template (DOC 49 KB)

The education screen

The Health and Education Assessment Programme (DOC 99 KB)

Three Houses - child (PDF 322 KB)

Three Houses - young person (PDF 290 KB)

Three Houses guidelines (Powerpoint 44KB) (PPT 44 KB)

The Towards Wellbeing suicide prevention programme

Working with Māori

Working with migrants

Working with Pacific peoples

Young person and family consult (PDF 291 KB)


Infant mental health and child protection (Best Practice magazine)