Why do we have this standard?
As practitioners, we are accountable through our record-keeping. Records provide an important story of our processes and our progress in the cases we manage. They include information gathered and interpreted to gain insight and to guide responses to the needs of tamariki and whānau. Records include initial and on-going assessment information, on-going planning, interventions and then the closure of involvement with te tamaiti and their whānau by Oranga Tamariki.
Oranga Tamariki accesses information about tamariki and whānau on the understanding that it is gathered purposefully and accurately, and that privacy is safeguarded. Information is treated with respect and shared with others when needed to enhance tamariki safety and wellbeing. All records must provide an accurate description of the engagement of te tamaiti and their whānau with our services. The best interests of te tamaiti should inform how records are made and kept.
Legislation states that the wellbeing and safety of te tamaiti should take priority over any duty of confidentiality.