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Supporting families/whānau to safely care for their mokopuna at home

Updated: 24 February 2017

What's Important To Us

It is important that children and young people feel happy and secure in their home environment and that they have people close to them who can look after their needs and ensure their safety.

Home is usually the best place for children and young people to feel happy and secure, provided this can be achieved safely. There can sometimes be an element of risk in keeping a child or young person at home but at the same time, being removed from home can be confusing, unsettling and upsetting for many children and young people. It is our job to find a safe balance and always consider the best interests of the child or young person.

When your assessment identifies that a mokopuna can best be cared for within their home but there are issues for parents to address, the plan for the mokopuna needs to do three things.

  1. Address safety and care needs for the mokopuna while their parents work on their own issues.
  2. Support parents to make the changes they need to make in order to provide the best possible care for their mokopuna into the future.
  3. Build in a monitoring and review process to ensure safety needs are met and the plan is progressing.