A Message From Oranga Tamariki

National Care Standards

A set of proposed care standards have been developed through wide consultation with care-experienced children and young people, families and whānau, caregivers, Oranga Tamariki staff and care providers.

Oranga Tamariki have been working on developing a new care standards document which will set out the relevant requirements in existing legislation as well as the requirements that will be in the care standards regulations.  They are now going through the process to ensure care standards regulations are made by 13 July 2018 as required by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

The care standards will clearly set out what children and young people can expect while they’re in care and what caregivers can expect when they have children in their care. These standards will outline the responsibilities for Oranga Tamariki and organisations that have a child or young person in their care or custody under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

The regulations must be made by July 2018, and will come into force in July 2019. Please feel free to email  National_Care_Standards@nullmvcot.govt.nz if you have any questions or would like to know more.


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