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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/previous-practice-centre/policy/when-children-and-young-people-move/key-information/living-away-from-home-or-travelling/
Printed: 22/10/2019
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When children and young people are living away from home or travelling

What's Important To Us

Children or young people temporarily living away from home need support and monitoring from a co-worker in their locality. When children and young people are travelling it is important that the arrangements are safe and appropriate and that the child or young person feels comfortable and secure.

This key information outlines site responsibilities when children and young people temporarily live away from home, and factors to consider when children and young people are travelling (including air travel).

There are times when children and young people temporarily live away from their normal home (such as when attending boarding school or specialist family homes or youth justice programmes). When a child or young person is living away from home, the management of the case remains with the site where the child or young person usually lives.

It is the responsibility of the home office to advise the office nearest where the child or young person will be of the situation, including where they are, for how long and who the contact is. This is recorded in CYRAS and a telephone call to the office assists with discussing the child or young person's plan and considering if a co-worker is required.

It is also be important to ensure that family/whānau members, particularly parents, remain connected to the child or young person while they are living outside their district. Discussions may need to occur between the two offices about how this will occur, and how the family/whānau will continue to be informed about the child or young person's situation and care.

If the child or young person’s living situation becomes permanent then the originating office is responsible for requesting a case transfer.