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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 family/whānau to care safely for them, and to support extended family/whānau to provide care when tamariki are unable to live with their parents. This includes working in partnership with family/whānau, supporting their participation in decision-making, and the provision of safe and secure care of their tamariki.

Babysitting and overnight stays: When children or young people are in care

Consent for medical examinations and treatment

Cumulative harm

Custody, guardianship and wardship

Grief and separation when a child or young person enters care

Policy: Support for tamariki in care or custody

Higher Foster Care Allowance (HFCA)

Caring for tamariki in care

Maintaining family/whānau relationships

Putting safety first: Is it ever okay to use 'reasonable force' against children and young people?

Policy: Working with tamariki and rangatahi who are missing, or whose absence is unauthorised

Returning children and young people safely home

Visits with tamariki and rangatahi in care or custody

Social workers giving evidence in Court

Specialist placements for young people with high needs

Transitioning between placements

Undertaking a mass allegation investigation

Volatile substance abuse (huffing)

Working with children and young people who are placed in a Oranga Tamariki residence or supervised group home or provider placement

Working with GPs