Question Eight

Were appropriate steps taken with the parties to the allegation, including a review of the caregiver’s plan?

This question is only relevant to Oranga Tamariki, except the review of the caregiver’s plan that is also relevant to Open Home Foundation.

Regulation 69(2)(d) requires that appropriate steps are taken with all parties to the allegation, including a review of the caregiver’s plan.

Open Home Foundation completed a review of the caregiver plan in response to the allegation of harm; therefore, is compliant with this component of the regulation.

Oranga Tamariki operational policies state that “appropriate steps” includes informing relevant parties18 of the outcome where appropriate, reviewing the child’s plan and identifying what further support can be put in place for the tamaiti or rangatahi. One of the appropriate steps that may be taken is the need for tamariki or rangatahi to leave their current care placement. On average across the two reporting quarters, 73 percent of tamariki and rangatahi were assessed as safe to remain in their placement. In the second quarter, 60 percent of tamariki and rangatahi were assessed as safe to remain in their placement.

As with question seven, compliance for the second quarter was reported on the 104 incidents that had a finding of harm (excluding those findings of “not found” and “behavioural/relationship difficulty”). Oranga Tamariki count an incident as compliant both where relevant parties have been informed and where relevant parties have not been informed when it was inappropriate to do so.

Graph five shows the percentage of incidents for which Oranga Tamariki was compliant19.

Graph five. Percentage of incidents that complied with each appropriate step. Children's plan reviewed: 73% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 90% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. Children with support identified: 71% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 80% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. Caregiver's plan reviewed: 62% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 70% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. Current care providers informed of the outcome: 63% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 43% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. Parents/guardians informed of the outcome: 35% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 29% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. Alleged abusers informed of the outcome: 54% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 38% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. Notifiers informed of the outcome: 60% from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and 58% from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Graph five – Percentage of incidents that complied with each appropriate step

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18. Those relevant parties are the current care provider, the parent/guardian, the alleged abuser and the notifier.
19. As noted previously, as this is only a six-month period, trends and patterns cannot be drawn.

 

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