We check that agencies who have custody ofand are providing them with the care they need.
We do this by independently monitoring the extent and quality of compliance with the Oranga Tamariki National Care Standards Regulations (2018) by the agencies that have custody of tamariki and rangatahi. The monitored agencies are currently Oranga Tamariki (for almost 99 percent of tamariki in care), Open Home Foundation and Barnardos.
The stories and lived experiences of tamariki and rangatahi, their, caregivers and their community are at the centre of our monitoring approach - this is why we're keen to talk with you.
To best understand the experiences ofand in care, we want to hear from the people who make up their community ( , , schools, health and social service providers). This helps us to understand what’s working well, and what’s not, and provides us with valuable real-life information to support our reporting.
It’s important that we hear from those of you working directly alongside tamariki and rangatahi in care, and those in supporting and/or supervisory roles, as this helps us get a better picture of their experiences.
Our questions are focused on trying to understand what strengthens good practice and what might get in the way of providing the best support for tamariki and rangatahi.
Most of our(conversations) will be in groups, although some will be one-to-one. We will take notes of these conversations.
Our visits will take anywhere between an hour and a full day, depending on the nature of our visit and how many people we speak with.
Your honest views and experiences are crucial to helping us ensure thatand in care are safe, supported and thriving. We will work to provide an environment that makes it easy for you to share your views and experiences with us.
While the knowledge you share will inform our monitoring work and reporting, all information will be de-personalised and confidential. The only time we will disclose information is if there is concern that a person is at risk of harm to themselves or others. If this is the case, we will only disclose the minimum amount of information necessary to address the risk.
Our collection, storage and use of information is governed by the Privacy Act 2020, our information rules and the Relationship Agreements we have with the agencies we monitor. All information collected will be stored securely in a database that is not visible to the Ministry of Social Development or Oranga Tamariki. Access will be limited to a small number of the Monitor’s key staff.
Whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships) is important to us. We’ll be reaching out and connecting with you before we visit. This will be an opportunity for you to let us know about anything we should prepare for, such as a mihi whakatau and the relevant localor (protocols) we need to know.
Closer to the time of our visit, we will reconfirm our visit arrangements and organise meeting requirements. You can also let us know if you have further questions or information.
We look forward to spending time with you and hearing about your experiences. Collectively, we can work together to supportand in care to live their best lives.