Becoming a care partner
This page provides information on the process that organisations go through to become a care partner and the support that is available.
Becoming a care partner process
A care partner is an organisation that provides care for a child who is in state care and in custody under the Oranga Tamariki Act. The National Care Standards apply.
There are four phases in the process to becoming a care partner:
- care partner readiness
- confirmation of partner
- transition into the Quality Assurance cycle.
The following principles underpin the process of becoming a care partner:
- Tamariki Māori should be with whānau, hapū and iwi wherever possible.
- Before approving new care partners, we need to consider what is already provided in the local area and talk with key stakeholders.
- We will provide resources and support for new care partners to provide care for tamariki.
- We work collectively and in partnership to co-design services and improve the experiences and outcomes of tamariki in care.
- Together we ensure our statutory responsibilities to assess the needs of the child and have the right plans in place for them.
If your organisation is considering becoming a care partner, get in touch with your local Partnering for Outcomes contact and the Partnering for Outcomes National Quality Hub: PfOQuality@ot.govt.nz
For more information about the Quality Assurance function and cycle, visit the Quality Assurance page on our website.
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Published: September 9, 2021