Knowledge and research
We work with and draw on a wide range of knowledge sources in our work, both professionally orientated and, importantly, the lived experiences we learn from whānau and families. We are obligated to stay up to date with new ideas, evidence and practice research.
This means we:
- know and understand the purpose, principles and provisions of the Oranga Tamariki Act and requirements under related legislation and regulations (such as the Adoptions Act, National Care Standards Regulations, Practice Standards, and Residential Care Regulations)
- keep up to date with professional research and knowledge and grow our practice wisdom
- know and understand the obligations and responsibilities for nurturing and protecting tamariki and rangatahi in Te Ao Māori and other cultural worldviews
- understand the theories and range of knowledge we draw on in practice and why we might favour some ideas or practice knowledge over others (for example, ask what sorts of knowledge dominate or drive my practice thinking?)