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Printed: 08/04/2020
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Last updated: 01/07/2019

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.

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 when we are considering sharing information we hold about them
  • ensure te tamaiti 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 into account and explaining decisions

The views and wishes of te tamaiti, alongside consideration of their welfare 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 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 has expressed we must explain this to te tamaiti and record the reasons why.