Towards independence — Policy
Updated: 01 April 2017
What's Important To Us
Mokopuna who leave our care need our support to achieve the same positive outcomes as other young adults. When mokopuna of or over the age of 15 years leave care, we must have assisted them to acquire the knowledge, skills, resources and supports necessary to successfully manage the transition into adulthood. This means we:
- explore all avenues of support available to them and connect them to existing services before they leave care
- encourage and assist them to participate in planning
- give them reasonable opportunity to freely express their views and take those views into account
- provide a support person if they need help to express their views or be understood
- offer support and assistance to them after they leave care if they request it
This policy outlines what you must do to help mokopuna who are preparing to transition from care. It includes planning, financial help, building support networks and living independently.
We must explore all avenues of support available to the mokopuna and connect them to existing services before they leave care.
- Start preparation from age 15.
- Have a transition plan in place at least 3 months before a mokopuna leaves care.
- Mokopuna must be included in planning, and their views and aspirations must be taken into account.
- Mokopuna will need photo ID and a bank account.
- Financial assistance is available to help mokopuna buy essentials they'll need to live independently.
- We must offer support to mokopuna who've left care until they turn 20.
Note: Mokopuna are entitled to a support person if they need help expressing their views or being understood. The support person can be present at any meeting that includes the mokopuna.