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

Updated: 22 September 2013

What's Important To Us

On occasion you will be working with a family where there is an adult who has sexually abused either living in the home, wanting to live in the home, or having contact with children.

It is important that we engage with the child or young person, their parents and wider family/whānau to assess their needs and build safety around them. It is also important that we seek advice from, and work collaboratively with, the specialist providers who can inform and support our work with these complex family/whānau situations.

This key information provides guidance that should be applied whether the adult concerned has been convicted of sexual offences or there is a perceived risk of harm due to current or historical sexual abuse.

Where a social worker becomes aware that a child or young person is living or having unsupervised contact with a person who has been convicted of, or has admitted to, a serious offence that indicates risk to the child or young person, actions must be taken to ensure that child or young person's safety.

Children and young people in the custody of the chief executive are not to be placed in the care of adults who have convictions for serious offences unless there are exceptional circumstances.