Vulnerable Children (Children's Services) Order 2016

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Vulnerable Children (Children’s Services) Order 2016

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of March 2016

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

This order is made under section 15(2) of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Order

1 Title

This order is the Vulnerable Children (Children’s Services) Order 2016.

2 Commencement

This order comes into force on 18 April 2016.

3 Interpretation

In this order, Act means the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

4 Children’s services

The services specified in the Schedule are prescribed under section 15(2) of the Act for the purposes of paragraph (c)(ii) of the definition of children’s services in section 15(1) of the Act.

Schedule Children’s services prescribed under section 15(2) of Act

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Adult addiction services, including—

(a)

alcohol addiction services:

(b)

drug addiction services:

(c)

gambling addiction services

Adult disability services

Adult mental health services

Family violence services

Services to support adult victims of crime

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 18 April 2016, is made under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (the Act).

This order prescribes the following services for the purposes of paragraph (c)(ii) of the definition of children’s services in section 15(1) of the Act:

  • adult addiction services (including alcohol, drug, and gambling addiction services):

  • adult disability services:

  • adult mental health services:

  • family violence services:

  • services to support adult victims of crime.

Those services are children’s services if they—

  • are provided to adults living in households that include 1 or more children; and

  • affect significantly, or may affect significantly, any 1 or more aspects of the well-being of those children.

The effect of this order is that—

  • a prescribed State service (defined in section 15(1) of the Act to include the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice, Māori Development, and Social Development, the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, and the New Zealand Police) that provides any of those children’s services will need to have in place a child protection policy and to review that policy every 3 years:

  • a prescribed State service or a District Health Board that enters into a contract or funding arrangement with a provider of any of those children’s services must ensure that the provider has in place a child protection policy and reviews that policy every 3 years:

  • a school board that, on or after 30 June 2016 (or any earlier date on which section 18 of the Act comes into force), enters into a contract or funding arrangement with a provider of any of those children’s services must ensure that the provider has in place a child protection policy and reviews that policy every 3 years.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 10 March 2016.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.