Oranga Tamariki (Residential Care) Regulations 1996

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Reprint as at 1 July 2019

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Oranga Tamariki (Residential Care) Regulations 1996

(SR 1996/354)

Michael Hardie Boys, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 2nd day of December 1996

The Right Hon J B Bolger presiding in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children..

Pursuant to section 447 of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1Title and commencement
3Right to professional and planned standards of care
4Right to be informed of certain matters
5Right to use personal effects
6Right to wear own clothing and articles of adornment
7Right to personal privacy
9Right to be given instructions verbally
10Rights to visits and communications with family and other persons
11Rights to send and receive mail
12Right of access to services
13Right to educational and vocational training
14Right to medical examinations and treatment
15Right of access to grievance procedure
16Right to advocacy for grievance
17Behaviour management programmes
18Punishments and sanctions
19Review of punishment or sanction
20Corporal punishment not to be used
21Torture, cruelty, and inhuman, humiliating, or degrading discipline and treatment prohibited
22Use of force in dealing with child or young person
23Silence not to be used as punishment or sanction
24Confinement to room restricted
25Chief executive to provide facilities and training
26National Code of Practice
27Professional standards of care to be provided in residences
28Compliance with regulations
29Grievance panels
30Further provisions relating to membership of grievance panels
31Functions and duties of grievance panels
32Security management plan
33Emergency management plan
34Community liaison committee
35Functions of community liaison committee
36Meetings of community liaison committee
37Inspection of residences
38Powers of person conducting inspection
39Inspection of mail
40Child or young person may be searched to detect unlawful or harmful items [Revoked]
41Child or young person may be strip searched [Revoked]
42Internal examinations [Revoked]
43Restrictions on searches and examinations [Revoked]
44Use of dogs for searching [Revoked]
45Power to seize articles, etc, found on search or examination
46Areas for provision of secure care to be designated
47Review of placement in secure care
48Confinement to rooms of children and young persons in secure care
49Contact with other children and young persons
50Meals of children and young persons in secure care
51Range of planned, purposeful, and varied activities to be provided
52Admission register
53Personal files
54Daily log
55Complaints register
56Secure care register
57Computerisation of records
58Access, use, and retention of records
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