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.
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.