In how many cases was the child or young person informed of the outcome of the Report of Concern?
This question is only relevant to Oranga Tamariki and applies to regulation 69(2)(c), which states where appropriate the child or young person will be informed of the outcome of the allegation of a risk of harm caused by abuse or neglect.
Compliance for the second quarter was reported by Oranga Tamariki on 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 tamariki have been informed of the outcome and where tamariki have not been informed when it was inappropriate to do so; for example, if the child was very young.
Oranga Tamariki reported that in 22 percent of cases the tamaiti or rangatahi was either informed or it was assessed that it was inappropriate to do so. In 78 percent of cases it could not provide evidence that the tamaiti or rangatahi had been informed. There was also no evidence provided in relation to allegations of harm that did not result in a finding and whether those tamariki and rangatahi were informed of the outcome. Oranga Tamariki reported that it is policy for social workers to advise all tamariki they work with (regardless of care status) of the findings of an investigation outcome, and the outcome of any assessments.
Informing tamariki and rangatahi of the outcome of an assessment or investigation is important so they feel that they have been heard and that their concerns have been taken seriously. Oranga Tamariki reported that new guidance is in progress to improve advising and recording whether tamariki and rangatahi have been informed.
The Monitor will seek evidence of this new guidance and improvement in the number of tamariki and rangatahi informed of the outcome of an assessment or investigation, in its November 2020 report.
Graph four – Percentage of children informed of the outcome where appropriate, or not informed where inappropriate to do so