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Last updated: 27/10/2022

Participation of tamariki — providing information, ensuring understanding and incorporating their views

We must ensure tamariki have the information and support they need to freely express their views and actively participate in the work we do together.

Updates made to this policy

References to safety plans have been added where plans are mentioned, and the section on independent services and advocates has been updated.

Who this policy applies to

This policy applies to all tamariki we work with.

Privacy considerations when sharing information

Unless it’s impractical or inappropriate to do so, we must:

  • consult with te tamaiti or rangatahi when we are considering sharing information we hold about them
  • ensure te tamaiti or rangatahi has an opportunity to discuss how information will be shared.

Policy: Sharing information

Sharing information about tamariki and rangatahi

Taking the views of te tamaiti or rangatahi into account and explaining decisions

The views and wishes of te tamaiti or rangatahi, alongside consideration of their oranga and best interests, must be taken into account for any significant decision that affects them.

The decision, the reasons for it, and how it will affect te tamaiti or rangatahi must be explained to them in a way that they can understand and respects their mana.

If a significant decision is made which is different from the views te tamaiti or rangatahi has expressed, we must explain this to them and record the reasons why.