What to expect
When we talk about a child or young person ‘being in care’, it means we have a legal responsibility to keep the child or young person safe and secure, whether they're living with someone in their family or with other caregivers, and to ensure their needs are being met.
When a child comes into care
When children and young people are in care and living away from home, they should expect to feel welcome, and to be well cared for.
Everyone looking after the child or young person is expected to do their best in caring for them.
A standard of care for children to do well and be well
The National Care Standards cover a range of things that are really important for tamariki and rangatahi in care, like supporting them to express their views, keeping them connected to their whānau, giving them opportunities to connect with their culture, and ensuring their education, health and recreation needs are met.
Doing what’s best for children and young people
Children and young people coming into care will have a plan put together which they will be involved in developing. They will also receive a child-friendly copy of the plan, along with information about their caregiver, about their rights and entitlements and how to make a complaint if they feel they’re not getting the level of care they are entitled to.
At a glance, people don’t see your talent. But if you stop and take the time to get to know someone, you’ll see everyone has potential
It’s important tamariki know why things are happening, and have a say in what happens next.
Their social worker will visit them regularly, answer any questions they have, work out any problems, be there for them, and make sure their views are taken into account.
Their social worker will also support them to know who they are and where they come from, stay close to people that are important to them, have positive experiences, stay healthy, keep learning, and have their belongings and special memories kept safe.
Culture has always been part of my life. One day if I have kids, I want it to be a big part of their life, and to help them impact on the world.
If tamariki or rangatahi have to move while they are in care or are leaving care they will be well supported through this time.
VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai
If you're a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.