What happens after a care & protection declaration is made

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki social worker must give the Family Court a report and a plan for the child if the declaration is made. The plan will be updated regularly. The people involved will usually get a chance to tell the Family Court if they agree with each plan or if they don’t agree.

Care & protection plan

When the Family Court makes a declaration that a child needs care and protection, the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki social worker must give the Family Court a report and a plan for the child. The plan includes things like:

  • what services and help will be given to the child
  • the responsibilities of people like the parents, guardians and caregivers
  • personal objectives for the child
  • anything relevant to the welfare and interests of the child and that helps keep them safe and well looked after.

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki can also recommend court orders, like Parenting Orders or Guardianship Orders.

Regular reviews of the care & protection plan

The Family Court will review the plan:

  • at least every 6 months if the child is under 7 years
  • at least every 12 months if the child is 7 years or older.

At each review, The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will file an updated plan and a report that tells the Family Court what has happened since the last report.

The Family Court may ask for more information.

The Family Court will usually give the people involved a copy of the plan and any other documents filed at the review. The Family Court will tell you what you need to do if you agree with the plan or if they don’t agree with the plan. There are no fees to do this.

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