Allegations against caregivers — Policy
Updated: 25 October 2012
What's Important To Us
Allegations against caregivers will be addressed with the well-being and safety of a child/young person at the forefront of concerns. The allegation process is to be transparent and in accordance with the principles of natural justice, accountability and consistency. Each allegation will be promptly and thoroughly addressed.
Oranga Tamariki will address the issue whilst preserving the dignity, integrity and well-being of the caregiving family/whānau.
In all actions by social workers the paramountcy of the child or young person is the most important consideration.
This policy identifies the steps in the process of responding to allegations against caregivers including how the assessment/investigation is carried out, who needs to be involved and how the outcome of the assessment/investigation is managed.
Complaints against a caregiver
Allegations of abuse, neglect or harm by a caregiver
Advising parents of allegation
The outcome report
Timeframes: From report of concern to letter advising final decision
Support for caregivers
Recording the intake, assessment/investigation and outcome report
Section 396 organisations: Collaboration and consultation