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Dealing with Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children

Information for parents, family and whānau about Oranga Tamariki and the child protection laws

What this chapter covers

his chapter has information about the following areas:

  • Overview – A summary of how the child protection laws work, who’s involved, and the processes that Oranga Tamariki and the Family Court follow
  • Complaints and investigations – How Oranga Tamariki deals with complaints that a child has been harmed or neglected
  • If Oranga Tamariki deals with you outside the court system – The different options, including informal family/whānau agreements for support from Oranga Tamariki; temporary and extended agreements for your child to go into the care of Oranga Tamariki for a time; and Family Group Conferences
  • If Oranga Tamariki takes you to court – What happens if Oranga Tamariki applies to the Family Court for care or protection orders, and what you can do in response
  • If Oranga Tamariki takes urgent action – When and how Oranga Tamariki can apply for urgent court orders and for a child to be uplifted from their family immediately
  • How to challenge decisions by Oranga Tamariki or the Family Court – What you can do if you’re not happy with a decision they’ve made or an action they’ve taken.
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