Under Part Three of the National Care Standards, all Oranga Tamariki caregivers are entitled to an assessment and support plan to help them meet the needs of children and young people in their care. It is our understanding that all 396 Providers (Care Agencies) will have something similar in their practice.
Creating your Caregiver Support Plan with your Caregiver Social Worker is a great opportunity to begin working as a team for the child in your care and ensuring that the needs of you and all the children in your care are met.
Over time all caregivers will have a Caregiver Support Plan. All new caregivers will be given one as part of their induction. For those who are already caring for a child, you will receive one at the time of your review or at the time of a child being placed with you. It will then be updated at your review, if you request an update, or if there are changes to your circumstances.
A Caregiver Support Plan is personal, and no two plans will be the same. It needs to take into consideration any assistance that you and your family need. Ensure that your Caregiver Support Plan includes ‘self-care’ for you, your well being is vital.
Be mindful that the plan should include how to keep everyone in the household safe.
Once your plan has been created by your Social Worker, take the time to read it, understand it and talk about it with your family. Remember that you don’t have to agree to everything that is suggested and if the plan is not working for you then you can request a review.
Whatever you agree to in your Caregiver Support Plan, make sure you are comfortable with it.
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