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

Maintaining COVID-19 safe and aware practice

We have updated our guidance for Alert Level 2. Keep checking back for updates and new guidance, including our contact tracing requirements (PDF 133KB), guidance for holding tamariki and rangatahi related in-person meetings (PDF 203KB) and the planning tool for holding FGCs and hui person to person safely (PDF 168KB).

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Assessment and decision making policy — Key information

Updated: 18 February 2020

Assessing safety and wellbeing when parents or caregivers have lost the care of other mokopuna

Building safety around children and young people

"But I was only looking ..." - Managing situations where adults are accessing, exchanging, collecting and/or producing child pornography

Child and family assessment or investigation

Conducting an assessment

Cumulative harm

Female Genital Mutilation

"Home alone" and the supervision of children and young people

Immigration status of children

Keeping our focus on mokopuna

Legal provisions for medical examinations


Multi-agency safety planning

Responding to complex needs

Reports of concern about smacking

Righting the wrong: Information on working with victims

Strengthening our response to unborn and newborn babies

Subsequent children

Subsequent tamariki — section 18A assessment by social worker

Suicide risk factors

The education screen

The youth justice pre-family group conference case consultation

SACs, Kessler and Suicide screens (SKS)

Violence in Families: Assessment and planning responses

When suicide risk is identified

Working safely with families/whanau where children and young people are in contact with an adult who has sexually abused

Working safely with families/whanau where children are displaying concerning sexual behaviour

Working safely with young people who display harmful sexual behaviour

Working with other professionals

Care and protection resource panel