All children deserve to live in a safe, stable, loving home. We provide help and support to families and whānau to ensure this, when there are concerns about child safety.
In some situations though, a child or young person’s family may not be able to provide them with safe, stable, loving care. When this happens, we’ll first look within the wider whānau for somewhere to place the child while things get sorted at home. Sometimes this means that a child will need to live with an approved and trained caregiver.
Information for children
If you are a child or young person in care, this information is for you.
When does a child go into care?
The decision to place a child into care is only made after all other options to ensure child safety have been explored. The decision is often made by a Family Court judge.
What to expect when a child goes into care
When a child or young person goes into care there are a number of things you, as a parent, family member or child, can expect to happen and the support you will receive.
National Care Standards
By implementing the National Care Standards, we’ll lift the quality of care for children and young people, and offer better support to our caregivers.
Transition Support Service for rangatahi
The Transition Support Service can help you out when you’re leaving care or youth justice. With our support, you can focus on the most important thing - your awesome future.
Safety of Children in Care
Oranga Tamariki is implementing a new approach to reporting on harm experienced by tamariki or children in care.
The Prime Minister's Oranga Tamariki Awards
The Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Awards recognise and celebrate care-experienced young people. Find more information about nominating an eligible young person, what the award involves, and how to make a great nomination.
Published: July 12, 2019 · Updated: July 12, 2019