Child protection policies
Child protection policies help build a strong culture of child protection across a workplace by encouraging early identification and referral of vulnerable children.
Your obligations under the Children's Act 2014
The following organisations must have child protection policies, review them every three years, and make them available on their websites:
- the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice, Social Development, Business, Innovation and Employment, Te Puni Kōkiri and New Zealand Police
- district health boards (DHBs)
- schools, including private schools, and partnership schools (Kura Hourua).
All providers of children’s services they contract or fund must also have child protection policies. If you’re one of these organisations, or contracted or funded by them to provide services to children, you need to either review your existing child protection policy or write a new one.
Unsure about your obligations? Contact your funding or regulating body for advice.
Don’t receive government funding? Even if you are not obligated, we encourage organisations to have child protection policies to ensure our tamariki are safe. To find out how to write a good quality child protection policy, check out our guidance and resources below.
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Published: March 28, 2017 · Updated: July 1, 2021