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Section 19 referrals to a Care and Protection Coordinator

This practice note provides clarity on the process, obligations and timeframes once a referral under section 19 is received by a care and protection co-ordinator.

Note: It is important that anybody, organisation or court concerned with the welfare of children and young persons, may refer a child or young person to a care and protection co-ordinator under s19(1)(a) or (b) if they believe the child or young person is in need of care and protection on one or more of the grounds specified in s14(1).

This guidance will be updated to support section 28(b) of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. Read an overview of these changes and how they impact on family group conferencing practice and implementation:
Family group conference to consider if a tamaiti or rangatahi is in need of care and protection or assistance – section 28(b)