Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018

Culture, belonging, and identity

32 Support for culture, belonging, and identity

(1)

The chief executive must ensure that support is provided to address the cultural and identity needs of a child or young person in care or custody in a manner that promotes mana tamaiti (tamariki).

(2)

In deciding what support is to be provided, the chief executive must consider the following:

(a)

events of significance to the child or young person and their family (including siblings) (for example, the child’s or young person’s sibling’s birthdays or religious or cultural festivities) and how these can be celebrated or acknowledged for the child or young person:

(b)

opportunities for the child or young person to gain knowledge of their culture and other matters relevant to their identity:

(c)

opportunities for the child or young person to travel to, or otherwise connect with, places (whenua) relevant to their culture and identity:

(d)

opportunities for the child or young person to participate in activities and experiences relevant to their culture and identity, including—

(i)

reasonable opportunities to maintain or improve proficiency in the language or languages of the culture or cultures that the child or young person identifies with (for example, te reo Māori or sign language):

(ii)

opportunities to develop a sense of belonging through connection with other children and young people in care.