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National care standards update

Published on
28 Mar 2018
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Standards outline responsibilities

A set of proposed care standards are being developed through wide consultation with care-experienced children and young people, families and whānau, caregivers, Oranga Tamariki staff and care providers. 

The care standards will clearly set out what children and young people can expect while they’re in care, and what caregivers can expect when they have children in their care.

These standards will outline the responsibilities for Oranga Tamariki and organisations that have a child or young person in their care or custody under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

Changes are underway

We’re now going through the process to ensure care standards regulations are made by 13 July 2018 as required by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. The regulations will come into force in July 2019.

It is planned that there will be a care standards document which will summarise the rights of children and young people in care or custody under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

The care standards are just one part of wider changes underway to transform our care system to ensure children and young people are in safe, stable and loving homes and are supported to thrive.

We will continue to engage with care-experienced children and young people, families and whānau, caregivers and care providers as we begin to look at how we implement the care standards.

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