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Visiting and engaging with tamariki in care

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

Upcoming changes for this policy

This content will be strengthened so it more completely reflects our commitment to practice framed by te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on a mana-enhancing paradigm for practice, and drawing from ​Te Ao Māori principles of oranga to support mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. We each need to consider how we can apply these principles to our practice when reading this policy. The following resources provide support:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice shift

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)