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Last updated: 13/02/2024

Assessment

Quality assessment ensures our decision-making responds to the individual immediate and long-term needs of all tamariki and rangatahi we work with. Quality assessments give effect to the Oranga Tamariki practice standards and the National Care Standards.

Updates made to this policy

A notebox has been added for when there are other proceedings in the Family Court.
Report of concern

Our assessment or investigation must reach a finding of whether abuse or harm has occurred and the finding must be based on all relevant information obtained during the process.
Undertaking a care and protection assessment

Who this policy applies to

This policy applies:

  • to all tamariki with whom we work
  • across all stages of our work, from intake to case closure.

Report of concern

When completing the initial assessment and determining whether further assessment is necessary, we must:

  • follow the intake decision response guidelines to determine the appropriate pathway and timeframe for response to a report of concern – this will include assessing all information gathered and received after the initial report of concern, including visual information such as photos
  • record the rationale for each decision on CYRAS and have it approved by a supervisor.

Overview of the intake decision response tool

Policy: Case recording

Even when there are other proceedings in the Family Court (for example, Care of Children Act proceedings or Adoption Act proceedings), we must still consider the report of concern and the need for assessment.