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

Whānau connections

31 Support to establish, maintain, and improve whānau connections

(1)

The chief executive must ensure that support is provided to a child or young person in care or custody to promote mana tamaiti (tamariki) by ensuring that the child or young person is able to establish, maintain, and strengthen their relationships with—

(a)

members of their family, whānau, hapū, iwi, and family group; and

(b)

in particular, those people identified as important to or for the child or young person under regulation 12(1)(c) and (d).

(2)

The support required by subclause (1) does not apply, in relation to a particular member of the family, whānau, hapū, iwi, or family group, if in the opinion of the chief executive it is not in the best interests of the child or young person to establish, maintain, or strengthen a relationship with that person.

(3)

The support required by subclause (1) includes the support necessary to—

(a)

ensure that the child or young person is able to have contact and connection with those persons identified as important to or for the child or young person under regulation 12(1)(c) and (d); and

(b)

enable the child or young person to establish, maintain, and strengthen their relationship with their family, whānau, hapū, iwi, or family group; and

(c)

enable the child or young person to connect with their hapū, iwi, or family group through whakapapa; and

(d)

enable the whanaungatanga responsibilities of the child’s or young person’s family, whānau, hapū, iwi, or family group to be drawn on to meet the needs of the child or young person; and

(e)

enable the child’s or young person’s parents, guardians, and any other important members of the child’s or young person’s family, whānau, hapū, iwi, and family group to participate in important decisions that affect the child or young person.

(4)

The chief executive must ensure that those members of a child’s or young person’s family, whānau, hapū, iwi, and family group who receive the information in a plan under regulation 24(3) are informed of the progress and development of the child or young person on a regular basis.

(5)

Any financial support provided by the chief executive to enable contact with family, whānau, hapū, iwi, and family group to be maintained may be provided directly to the child or young person, to members of the child’s or young person’s family or whānau, or to the child’s or young person’s caregiver, depending on the purposes for which, and circumstances in which, the support is provided.