Care standards - video transcript

(Children speaking)

I should know lots about the people who are going to look after me before I meet them.

I want to know why I’m in care and what will happen next.

I want to be included in decisions made about me.


(Oranga Tamariki CE, Gráinne Moss speaking)

We want all tamariki to be in loving whānau and communities, in safe and stable homes.

Children in care are no exception. To support this, new Care Standards have been launched – a first for New Zealand.

The Care Standards include a Statement of Rights which set out in child-friendly language what children and young people are entitled to expect under the regulations.  

The feedback we’ve had about the child-friendly nature of this work has been exceptional.

The standards also make it clear what support caregivers can expect.  And the standards will come into effect in July 2019. 

To create the standards, Oranga Tamariki worked with children and young people, iwi social services providers, social workers, caregivers and many others across a range of organisations.

Children and young people told us what they needed and what they expected, and we’ve put that into the standards.


(Children speaking)

I want carers who respect my culture and know about it – and I want to be able to speak my language.

I should be able to be who I want to be.

I want to be able to stay with my sister and brother. Please keep us together.

(Gráinne Moss)

The Care Standards are part of the wider changes underway to transform our care system.

We encourage you to join us on our journey.


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