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.
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.
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.
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.