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Last updated: 03/09/2020


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 policy

Updated the timeframe for the core assessment phase of an assessment or investigation, and strengthened the 'What is assessment' and 'Requirements of assessment' sections to emphasise identifying and engaging with parents/caregivers and all significant members of the wider family/whānau and family group, including hapū and iwi where relevant.

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 determining whether assessment is necessary or desirable we must:

  • follow the intake decision response guidelines to determine the appropriate pathway and timeframe for response to a report of concern
  • record the rationale for each decision on CYRAS and have it approved by a supervisor.

Using the intake decision response tool