Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/transitions-within-care/
Printed: 07/02/2023
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Listen to this policy:

Transitions within care

We must support a positive and successful transition when tamariki come into care, move to live with a new caregiver, including residences, move into, between or out of a residence, return home or live permanently with a new whānau or family.

Updates made to this policy

The policy has been strengthened around the need to share information with relevant people (across sites and regions, and with caregivers, whānau or family), planning and recording, the rights and voice of te tamaiti or rangatahi (including space for whakawātea before te tamaiti or rangatahi moves from their current place to a new environment) and providing additional supports where required before, during and after the transition.

When this policy doesn’t apply

This policy doesn’t apply to:

  • the assessment, planning and preparation for rangatahi transitioning to adulthood
  • rangatahi who are moving into an independent living situation while in care
  • eligible rangatahi over 18 and who return to or remain living with a caregiver.

Policy: Transition to adulthood — Preparation, assessment and planning

Policy: Caring for children and young people — Independent living

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

Involving te tamaiti or rangatahi in decision-making

We must encourage and assist te tamaiti or rangatahi to participate in planning for their transition. We must ensure that their views are recorded and taken into account. Our responsibilities to support te tamaiti or rangatahi to participate in decisions that affect them are set out in the 'Participation of tamariki' policy.

Policy: Participation of tamariki — providing information, ensuring understanding and incorporating their views

Recording the plan

The support to meet the transitional needs must be recorded in the All About Me plan, which is either:

  • updated to reflect the transition – if te tamaiti or rangatahi already has an All About Me plan, or
  • developed – if te tamaiti or rangatahi is coming into care.

Policy: Caregiver support

Policy: All About Me plan

Policy: Working with tamariki and rangatahi in residences

Supporting and visiting te tamaiti or rangatahi after the transition

Te tamaiti or rangatahi is likely to require additional support for some time after their move has occurred.

After the transition, we must:

  • visit te tamaiti or rangatahi as soon as we are reasonably able to following the transition
  • review their plan with them and check that they have the support and information they need
  • review the frequency of further visits based on the needs of te tamaiti or rangatahi
  • visit their new caregiver and check that they have the support and information they need
  • talk with te tamaiti or rangatahi about their whānau or family, or people important to them, and discuss how they would like to connect with them
  • talk with te tamaiti or rangatahi about their rights and if they have any concerns about their move and how we can address them
  • talk with them about whether they would like to have someone to advocate for them to ensure they are supported after the transition.

Policy: All About Me plan

Whakamana te tamaiti or rangatahi through advocacy

Support for caregivers