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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.

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