Working with children

Information sharing

Safe and appropriate information sharing will ensure everyone working with tamariki can collaborate in the best interests of the child.  

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New provisions

Changes to section 66 of the Oranga Tamariki 1989 Act include new provisions. These come into effect from July 1, 2019 and give child welfare and protection agencies the ability to request, collect, use, and share personal information for purposes related to the wellbeing and safety of tamariki. 

The new provisions are designed to put the child at the centre, and enable the right support and services to be provided to them and their whānau.


Guidance on how to apply the new provisions has been developed with input from a wide range of agencies and frontline staff from across the social services sector. 

The guidance outlines how you should consult with tamariki about sharing their information if appropriate. 

The new guidance will be published here shortly.

Find out more

If you have any questions about the guidance or how it relates to your practice, email: