Quarterly Reporting

Quarterly Report - Dec 2018

CARE AND PROTECTION

We are committed to keeping children in Oranga Tamariki custody safe and to promoting their wellbeing.

The graphs below indicate how we are performing at finding placements for children and young people that are most like home. 

Outcomes framework goal - More children in care are in safe, stable and loving homes.
Dec 2018 Graph- Loving Placements - Placement type for longer term placements

Out of home placement type for longer term placements

While the number of children in longer term out of home placements has risen over the last two years, we have largely managed to keep pace with finding preferred placement types, with only a slight increase in the proportion of children in “other” placement types.

What is an out of home placement?

An out of home placement is needed when a child can't live in their family home. This includes: 

Family/whānau placements: where a child has been brought into the custody of the Chief Executive, and has been supported to remain living with a member of their whānau as their caregiver. 

Non-family/whānau placement: an Oranga Tamariki approved carer provides care for children who are not part of their own whānau. This is in contrast to other carers, who typically work with NGOs to provide care through contracted service arrangements. 

Other placements: these can include residences, family/group homes, and contracted NGO services arrangements among others. 

Dec 2018 Graphs Family/whanua Placement Instability

Family/whānau placement instability

The vast majority of family/whānau placements are stable each quarter, and placement stability has increased over the last two years. Of those placements which ended, finding alternative placements with other family/whānau has remained fairly static around 40 per cent.

Outcomes framework goals - More appropriate care arrangments are available for children.
DEC 2018 -Graph- Placement availability on entry to care

Placement availability on entry to care

It can often take time to agree upon a family/whānau placement, so we often use non-family/whānau carers for a child’s initial placement. Over the last two years, however, we are seeing a slow growth in more early matching into family/whānau placements.

Dec 2018 - Graph - Placement Quality Ethnicity

Ethnicity match with caregivers

Our ability to match children with a caregiver of their own ethnicity has kept pace with the increasing number of children in care, leaving proportions relatively steady over the last two years. Matched caregivers include both family/whānau and foster care placements.

Outcomes framework - More children in care have their full range of needs met.
Dec 2018 - Graph - Completion status of Gateway Assessment

Completion status of Gateway Assessment

Our ability to complete gateway needs assessments continues to keep pace with growing numbers of children in care. Overall, the proportion of children in care with completed assessments has been slowly increasing over the last two years, however roughly 60% of assessments are more than two years old.

 

What is a gateway assessment?

The gateway assessment is a formal needs assessment, covering (where required) health, education, and other needs of the child. Oranga Tamariki then records whether a recommendation has been made for a child to be referred to receive a relevant service for the identified need. 

Dec 2018 - Graph -  Referral Core Health support

Referral to core health support

Performance for recommending vision, dental and hearing referrals over the last two years remains relatively steady. Anecdotal evidence suggests lack of recommendation for referral in some instances could be due to either the need being met at the time of assessment, or there not being an appropriate service in the area to meet the need identified.

Outcomes framework goal - Children are better supported to remain and return home successfully.
Dec 2018 - Graph - Support to return and Remain Home

Entries and exits for Out of Home Care

Overall, with the exception of the last quarter, we are generally seeing more entries into out of home placements than exits. A drop in rates of entries to out of home placements during the last quarter, alongside an increase in the number of exits, may indicate we are performing better in supporting families to remain together, or to be reunited following an out of home placement. This is the first time since Oranga Tamariki was formed that entries into out of home care were lower than the number of exits. Increases in exits during the past two December quarters are predominantly attributable to an increase in the number of children being returned home whilst remaining in the custody of the CE (i.e. return/remain placements).

What is a return/remain placement?

A child is in a return/remain placement when they are in the legal custody of the Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive but remain in the care of their immediate family. These placements are used most commonly where we are attempting to support the reunification of a family, while still maintaining legal custody to ensure the child remains safe.