The following sections of the policy apply to our work with:
- tamariki in the care or custody of the Oranga Tamariki chief executive
- tamariki under a sole guardianship or interim sole guardianship order
- tamariki under a wardship order where Oranga Tamariki is acting as an agent for the court.
Ensuring te tamaiti or rangatahi in care or custody has the information they are entitled to
We must provide te tamaiti or rangatahi in care or custody with the information they need to help them understand why they are in care or custody, their rights and entitlements, and what they can expect. This information must be provided on an ongoing basis as needed, as part of a continuous process of ensuring their understanding.
At a minimum, this must include information and an explanation about:
- the reasons they have been brought into care or custody, including the purpose and timeframe of any residential placement
- what they can expect, including:
- their rights as set out in the Oranga Tamariki Act, the Statement of Rights and the Residential Care Regulations – a copy of this document must be given to them and explained
- the timing of the assessment of their needs and making an All About Me plan to meet their needs
- how often they will be visited – as specified in their All About Me plan
- who they can contact if they have concerns
- their entitlements, including pocket money and clothing allowance
- how their family, whānau, hapū and iwi will be involved in decisions being made about them, and the reasons for their level of involvement
- their All About Me plan, and any associated plans such as a safety plan
- how they can participate in decisions to be made and processes that are to be undertaken in relation to their care or custody, and how their views will be used to inform decisions made about them
- the independent services that are available and how they can access them
- their rights to confidentiality and privacy, including:
- information about the purposes for which information about them will be collected
- how and when information about them may be recorded, used, collected and disclosed
- their record of important life events and how they can access this
- information about their post-care entitlements if they are transitioning to independence.
Advising te tamaiti or rangatahi of the outcome of an investigation or assessment
Where appropriate, te tamaiti or rangatahi must be advised of the outcome of the investigation or assessment verbally. Details of this conversation must be recorded on their CYRAS record.
Te tamaiti or rangatahi must be told:
- by the investigating social workers with support from the social worker of te tamaiti or rangatahi (where relevant)
- in an age-appropriate manner
- what actions were taken to investigate or assess the allegation
- the findings of the investigation or assessment.
Statement of rights — National Care Standards on legislation.govt.nz
Child-friendly statement of rights — orangatamariki.govt.nz
Explaining rights and entitlements to tamariki and rangatahi
Rangatahi resource: pocket money and allowances (poster) (PDF 196 KB)
Allowances to support tamariki and rangatahi in care or custody and their caregivers
Transition to adulthood
Maintaining a record of important life events
Policy: Sharing information
Policy: All About Me plan