Updated: 24 February 2017
Assessment is central to all social work activity. It is the process of understanding the risks, challenges and achievements for mokopuna  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.
 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
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