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
Updates made to policy
The bullet point about visiting or connecting with whenua has been expanded to include marae and other places significant to their identity or sense of belonging.
Culture, belonging and identity
The section on school enrolment for tamariki aged 6 to 15 years has been amended to refer to home schooling exemptions or leaving school at 15.
Education and training
Who this policy applies to
This policy applies to all tamariki in our care or custody.
Support for assessed need
We must ensure that support is available to all tamariki in our care or custody to meet their assessed needs. This includes areas of need that must be supported under the National Care Standards:
- identity and culture
- connection with family, whānau, hapū, iwi and family group
- behavioural development
- play, recreation and community
- education and training
- health and disability
- frequency of visits to te tamaiti.