Dealing with Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children

Child protection laws and the role of Oranga Tamariki (the old “Child, Youth and Family”)

What this chapter covers

This chapter covers the law relating to the care and protection of children and young people. It has information about:

  • the aims and principles guiding child protection laws (“care and protection”)
  • the processes of reporting and investigating suspected child abuse
  • when a child or young person can be removed from their family
  • family group conferences to deal with care and protection issues
  • what happens if a social worker applies for a care and protection declaration from the Family Court
  • the different types of orders the Family Court can make to keep children and young people safe and make sure they’re cared for appropriately.

Note: The name of the key Act in this area is the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, also called the “Children’s and Young People’s Well-being Act 1989”. Until 2017 this Act was called the “Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989”.

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