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Printed: 06/12/2023
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Last updated: 20/11/2023

Transition to adulthood — Entitlement to remain or return to live with a caregiver

This policy sets out our obligations to eligible rangatahi and caregivers when rangatahi wish to remain with, or return to live with, a caregiver.

Updates made to this policy

This policy has been updated to state that it is the service manager in Transition Support Services who approves Living Arrangement Agreements, recognition payments and the removal of financial assistance. The content on reviews has been aligned more closely with the Review of Caregiver Approval policy.
Caregiver review

Visits by caregiver social worker

The caregiver social worker must visit the caregiver once a week for the first four weeks of a living arrangement, and then at a minimum of every eight weeks thereafter. This does not apply when rangatahi remains living with the same caregiver.

Caregiver support — Social worker support

Caregiver review

All approved caregivers must have their approval status reviewed every 2 years, with the first review due 2 years from the date on which they were approved.

They must also have a full approval review:

  • when there’s a significant change to the circumstances of the caregiver or their household
  • when they wish to change their approval type or conditions
  • following an investigation or assessment of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or harm of tamariki by the caregiver.

We may undertake a review of approval status at any other time as we require, for example, following a serious complaint or a notification involving the caregiver.

The frequency of the caregiver's approval review and the rationale for that frequency must be recorded on the caregiver support plan.

Policy: Review of caregiver approval – When a review of approval is required