We recognise every tamaiti is born with 'mana' or a deep intrinsic worth and human potential. Part of our work with te tamaiti is to nurture their mana through our practice. This supports them to achieve positive, lifelong aspirations and outcomes, not only for themselves, but for future generations. This strengthens their whakapapa.
We actively support, uphold and promote the rights of all tamariki. We ensure they have ongoing opportunities to have their voice heard in decisions that affect them and we provide the time and a comfortable space for them to participate and contribute their views.
We recognise the critical role positive relationships have and we focus on building genuine, trusting and caring relationships with tamariki. We focus on their strengths and abilities, building their resilience, their safety, healing and their long term development and wellbeing.
We recognise trauma and the loss of ties to whānau and whakapapa can impact negatively on tamariki and that connections to their whānau and whakapapa are important for their wellbeing and identity.
Quality practice includes:
- regular face-to-face time with tamariki in places that are safe and comfortable for them
- respectful, honest, clear communication and active listening
- multiple opportunities for tamariki to share what is going on for them and what they need
- taking what tamariki say into account, using their own words, and providing someone to speak on their behalf if needed
- involving tamariki, their whānau, caregiving families and support people in all decision-making and planning
- building a picture of the strengths, experiences, attachments, relationships and aspirations of tamariki and reviewing this often
- identifying and strengthening ties for tamariki to their whānau and whakapapa and cultural backgrounds.
Reflecting on practice
- How am I building positive, strong and trusting relationships that respect and support the mana of tamariki?
- How am I giving tamariki the opportunity to participate, share their views and be involved in decision-making and planning?
- How do I uphold their rights?
- How do I understand and respond to the impact of trauma on their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing?
- What am I doing to make sure te tamaiti is in a loving whānau and community where their oranga can be realised?
- How am I supporting whānau relationships for te tamaiti?
- How am I supporting their connections to their culture, whakapapa and identity?
- How am I strengthening their sense of belonging and their long-term development?