Upcoming changes for this policy
This content will be strengthened so it more completely reflects our commitment to practice framed by te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on a mana-enhancing paradigm for practice, and drawing from Te Ao Māori principles of oranga to support mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. We each need to consider how we can apply these principles to our practice when reading this policy. The following resources provide support:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice shift
Who this policy applies to
This policy applies to all tamariki under 2 years of age who are in the care or custody of the chief executive, including those living with care partners.
What is safe sleep
Safe sleep includes making sure that any pēpi under 2 is in their own bed for every sleep and making sure that the pēpi is on their back for every sleep with nothing covering their face. Wahakura and pēpi-pods® are also options for providing a safe sleep surface for pēpi.
The Ministry of Health has some helpful guidance about safe sleeping practice for keeping pēpi safe at differing ages.
Assessment and approval of prospective caregivers
We must assess the willingness and capacity of prospective caregivers to provide a safe sleep environment at the time of assessment.
If we know that a caregiver will have tamariki under 2 years of age living in their care, the assessment must include:
- SUDI (Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy) prevention information
- beds and bedding checks
- an assessment of how the prospective caregiver will comply with safe sleeping advice and recommended actions to reduce SUDI.
This assessment of the safe sleep living arrangements must be recorded in CYRAS.
Tamariki living with caregivers
The safe sleep environment must be assessed and discussed when te tamaiti is placed with a caregiver.
The social worker placing te tamaiti must assess and ensure that the caregiver has a safe age-appropriate bed for te tamaiti at the time of placement – this includes that the caregiver has an understanding of SUDI and what they need to do to reduce the risk when staying away from their usual home. The assessment of safe sleep living arrangements at the time of placement must be recorded in CYRAS.
If the caregiver does not have a safe age-appropriate bed for te tamaiti, Oranga Tamariki must support them to provide this.
Caregiver support plan
When the caregiver support plan is reviewed, we must consider how we can support the caregiver to create and maintain a safe sleeping environment. This must be documented in the caregiver support plan. This should be reflected in the All About Me plan for te tamaiti.