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Last updated: 17/02/2021

Ensuring a safe, stable and loving home for tamariki in care

This policy sets out the requirements to ensure tamariki in care have a safe, stable and loving home if they are unable to have their long-term care needs met by their parents or usual carers. This policy replaces ‘Noho ake Oranga'.

Who this policy applies to

This policy applies to all tamariki who are:

  • in the custody of the chief executive under sections 78, 101, 102 and 110(2)(a) of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, and
  • living with caregivers outside their usual home.

When working with tamariki Māori, our practice approach must be informed by our Māori cultural framework and grounded in Te Toka Tūmoana. When working with children of Pacific descent, our practice approach must be grounded in Va’aifetū.
Our Māori cultural framework
Te Toka Tūmoana
Va’aifetū

Permanent care outcomes when custody is retained by the chief executive

For a small number of tamariki, such as those with high and complex needs, a permanent care outcome which involves custody orders remaining in favour of the Oranga Tamariki chief executive may be agreed.

This requires a commitment from the caregiver. We must complete a comprehensive assessment and proactively plan before this is agreed, to ensure the care arrangement is stable and secure and in the best interests of te tamaiti.

The 2 permanent care outcomes where custody orders in favour of the chief executive are retained are:

  • Living with family/whānau (CE custody) – Te tamaiti is living with a whānau caregiver, who is assessed and approved as a permanent caregiver able to meet their specific needs.
  • Living with non-family/whānau (CE custody) – Te tamaiti is living with a non-whānau caregiver, who is assessed and approved as a permanent caregiver able to meet their specific needs.

The caregiver will be recorded as having an approved 'home for life' status in CYRAS.

Advice and assistance for permanent caregivers

We must give all permanent caregivers, as defined by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 or in policy, access to the support package available to them after the discharge of orders against the Oranga Tamariki chief executive.

The permanent caregiver support package must be agreed before orders against the Oranga Tamariki chief executive are discharged.

We should, as part of this process, take particular care to ensure that caregivers have access to the necessary support to maintain the whakapapa and whanaungatanga relationships of significance to te tamaiti.

Support for permanent caregivers