In response to COVID-19, we are modifying some of our usual practice approaches to keep our staff, tamariki and communities safe. 

We've just updated the family group conferencing guidance and added guidance on maintaining mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga practice. Keep checking back for new guidance and more updates.

COVID-19: implications for our practice

Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/visiting-and-engaging-with-tamariki-in-care/
Printed: 08/04/2020
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Last updated: 17/09/2019

Visiting and engaging with tamariki in care

This policy sets out the purpose and requirements of visiting tamariki in care.

Who this policy applies to

This policy applies to tamariki:

  • in the care or custody of the chief executive of Oranga Tamariki
  • under a wardship order where Oranga Tamariki is acting as an agent of the Court.

Engaging with te tamaiti alone

We must try to engage with te tamaiti in private to enable them to express their views more freely. If it’s unsafe, harmful or inappropriate to do so, we must record the reasons for this and what we intend to do differently to enable them to safely express their views.

See and engage tamariki

If you’re visiting a tamaiti considered high risk because of their offending — additional requirements

There are additional requirements for a tamaiti we are involved with through Youth Justice and who is considered high risk because of their offending. These requirements are set out in the Management of High Risk Children and Young People (youth justice) policy.

Policy: Management of high risk children and young people (youth justice)