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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/caring-for-children-and-young-people/key-information/babysitting-and-overnight-stays/
Printed: 22/10/2019
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Babysitting and overnight stays: When children or young people are in care

Updated: 20 June 2010

What's Important To Us

When children and young people are in our care, it is important that we support them to have normal, safe interactions with their extended family, friends and local community.

There will always be times when children and young people want to have sleepovers with friends. Responsible parents exercise their judgement in these circumstances to make sure that their children have safe interactions outside the home. Approved caregivers of our children and young people in care are no exception.

They are people that we can trust to make sensible decisions about babysitting and overnight stays with friends and family/whānau. It's part of their job to create safety around the child or young person in their care and it's part of our job to help them in their decision-making in situations when they need advice. This key information suggests some things for social workers to discuss with caregivers to help them in their decision-making and identify times when the social worker will need to be consulted or further assessment is required for out of home stays.