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

Health

35 Support to maintain and improve health

(1)

The chief executive must ensure that support is provided to address the health needs of a child or young person in care or custody, including by taking reasonable steps to—

(a)

ensure that the child or young person is enrolled (in consultation with their parents or guardians) with a primary health organisation from which they can access medical services; and

(b)

ensure that the child or young person has (or has access to) an annual health check by a health professional; and

(c)

ensure that the child or young person has access to a health practitioner with the same knowledge and experience of cultural values and practices as required under regulation 13 when the child’s or young person’s health needs are assessed; and

(d)

in the case of children and young people over the age of 2 years, ensure that they have (or have access to) an annual dental check; and

(e)

ensure that health information is provided to the child or young person on relevant health matters (for example, physical development and growth, healthy relationships, and positive attitudes to sexual health, psychological, and emotional health), including how health services can be accessed; and

(f)

ensure that the child or young person is supported and assisted (in consultation with their parents or guardians) to access publicly funded health services to address their health needs; and

(g)

ensure that a child or young person is supported to access other health services (for example, private health services or therapeutic services) if existing publicly funded services to address their needs are not available in a timely manner.

(2)

The chief executive must advocate for the well-being and best interests of a child or young person in care or custody to access publicly funded health services under subclause (1)(f).

(3)

The chief executive must ensure that a record of the child’s or young person’s health history is maintained.