Updated: 19 September 2018
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.
All caregivers must have a review of their approval status and support needs annually, or as agreed in their support plan.
They must also have a review:
The review is carried out by the caregiver social worker in partnership with the caregiver.
A caregiver review must include a face-to-face meeting with the caregiver at their home — you must ensure that you meet with each approved caregiver in the home.
You must also:
At least every two years at the time of the review, we must renew the caregiver's documentation.
This includes renewing the:
Authorised police vetting form — NZ Police
Where there are significant changes to the circumstances of the caregiver or they wish to change their approval type, the review process must be followed.
Significant changes include:
If a new household occupant wants to share the caregiving role, the caregiver assessment and approval process must be completed for them. This process will include a review of the existing caregiver to look at how the new household structure will impact on the care they are currently providing and their current approval status will be considered alongside that of the new applicant.
If there are no changes or concerns, then approval is continued.
Any concerns arising from the review must be addressed by the caregiver social worker following consultation with their supervisor and, where relevant, the social worker for any tamaiti impacted by the concerns.
When the review is complete, a review report must be completed and recorded in CYRAS, and approved by a supervisor.
Where a caregiver has asked to change their approval status or age or gender preference, the review report must:
The caregiver should be advised in writing of the outcome of the review and are entitled to a copy of the review report if requested.
If the review is occurring as a result of an allegation of abuse, negelct of harm by a caregiver, you must follow the process in the Allegations of abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki by caregivers policy instead.