Caring for children and young people policy — Key information
Updated: 17 February 2017
What's important to us
We want all tamariki (children and young people) to reach their potential. Wherever possible we need to support their whānau or family to care safely for them, and to support extended whānau or family to provide care when tamariki are unable to live with their parents. This includes working in partnership with whānau or family, supporting their participation in decision-making, and the provision of safe and secure care of their tamariki.
This policy brings together the key expectations when working with mokopuna where Oranga Tamariki has casework responsibility, under an open intervention phase (care and protection or youth justice). This includes all mokopuna involved with Oranga Tamariki via family/whānau agreements, care agreements, plans developed at a family group conference, and Court orders. Some sections apply only to mokopuna in the custody of the chief executive.