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.
Involving te tamaiti in decision-making
We must encourage and assist te tamaiti to participate in planning for their transition and to ensure that their views are recorded and taken into account. Our responsibilities to support te tamaiti to participate in decisions that affect them are set out in the Participation of tamariki policy.
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 already has an All About Me plan, or
- developed – if te tamaiti is coming into care.
Supporting and visiting te tamaiti after the transition
Tamariki are likely to require additional support for some time after their move has occurred.
After the transition, we must:
- visit te tamaiti 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
- visit their new caregiver, check that they have the support and information they need.