1. Report of concern
What we do when we receive a report of concern.
Anyone can report a concern
Anyone who is worried about a child or young person can make a report of concern to Oranga Tamariki or the Police. This happens usually when they believe a child or young person has been or is likely to be harmed, ill-treated, abused, neglected or deprived. Or they have serious concerns about the child or young person's wellbeing.
When we receive a report of concern we may:
- provide advice about support available to the whānau
- refer the matter to other social services including our social services partners
- make a referral to our Strengthening Families programme or our Children’s Teams.
If we think a more formal response is needed we will complete a child and family assessment and/or investigation. A joint investigation with Police takes place when there are allegations of harm which meet our joint Police Child Protection Protocol.
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Published: November 4, 2019 · Updated: September 9, 2021