There are three funding models for partnered care: dynamic, fixed and individualised. All models provide 'all-in' funding to enable partners the flexibility to respond to the individual needs of the children in their care.

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The infographic shows the three funding models for Partnered Care.

Image of caregiver and child talking. Text: Dynamic model

Image of people in group home. Text: Fixed model

Image of heart and flower. Text: Individualised model

Three funding models

Dynamic funding model

The dynamic funding model is a flexible model, which should be used when costs to the partner largely depend on the support needs of the child and caregiver.

  • This model is well suited to caregiver-based care options.
  • It sets a 'general support rate’ for each child per 24-hour period – to account for the costs required to support most tamariki or children, most of the time.
  • The model allows for flexible use of funding across a number of children or tamariki in the care of the care partners – recognising that support needs are dynamic.

Fixed funding model

The fixed funding model best suits care options with significant fixed or pre-configured costs such as:

  • accommodation-based care for multiple tamariki or children and rangatahi or young people with ‘greater’ or ‘high’ support needs, which involve staffing and rental, or accommodation costs.
  • specialist caregiving options that have fixed costs associated with specialised training and additional staff support.

The amount of funding provided within the fixed rate will be negotiated to reflect the level of support that the care option is designed to provide.

Individualised funding model

The individualised funding model enables partners and Oranga Tamariki to agree on a separate funding rate for an individual in care.

  • This should only be used if the child or young person needs significant support to stay safe and well, and where this cannot be provided through other care options.
  • These tamariki or children will be assessed as requiring a very ‘high’ level of support, and usually require specialist input and advice from High Needs Services.

Funding approach

All three models provide 'all-in' funding. This means the rates for all models should provide enough funding to cover the majority of costs for supporting the needs of tamariki or children. This ‘all-in’ approach has been designed to reduce administrative burden on partners and Oranga Tamariki by removing the need to submit small transactional invoices for ad-hoc top ups to cover basic items. This provides more autonomy for partners to quickly meet the needs of children or tamariki.

Oranga Tamariki is committed to ensuring:

  • care funding rates cover the cost of high-quality care and support
  • we have the right care options available for tamariki and rangatahi
  • care partners are not compromised financially as a result of decisions or actions taken by Oranga Tamariki
  • we meet our accountabilities as a Crown Agency.

Published: September 21, 2022