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Communtity Law Manual | Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children | Rights in care and protection residences

Rights in care and protection residences


What are the national care standards

The national care standards sets out that every child in care should be treated in a way that lets them be well and do well. It also sets out the support that should be given to caregivers who care for tamariki. Oranga Tamariki also provide a child-friendly statement of rights that tamariki can access to know their rights while in a care and protection residence.

To read the national care standards or for more information on the independent monitor, go to and search “national care standards”.

What is covered in the child statement of rights?

The statement of rights is a child-friendly resource that lets tamariki know their rights while in care. Some of the information that it contains is what happens when you go into care, the role of a social worker and what your rights are during care including if you have to move while you are in care. To read the statement of rights, go to and search “statement of rights”.

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