M.03.08.07 Contact with family / whānau

  1. Family and whānau should be involved as early as possible, and bonding encouraged and facilitated especially between the nominated alternative caregiver and the child. Where operationally feasible, increased access to contact with whānau should be made possible, for example through visits, phone calls, and video calls.
  2. The movement of the child outside of the prison for the purpose of bonding with relatives or friends will be approved, if:
    1. it is able to be facilitated by the prison
    2. the mother consents
    3. the caregiver (responsible for caring for the child during the child’s absence from the prison) has been approved by the general manager custodial as an alternative caregiver, in that the caregiver:
      1. has been reviewed by Oranga Tamariki , and
      2. is an approved visitor to the prison.
    4. the caregiver has agreed to and signed [M.03.08.Form.05 Responsibilities of approved caregiver to the child during approved outing] on each occasion they collect the child.
  3. If prison staff have any concerns with how the child was treated or whether the caregiver complied with their agreed responsibilities during the approved outing, they must:
    1. discuss their concerns with the mother
    2. consider whether the caregiver should remain as an approved alternative caregiver in consultation with the general manager custodial and Oranga Tamariki.
    3. Notify Oranga Tamariki if harm has or is likely to occur (see [C.13 Safeguard children and young persons]).
  4. If the general manager custodial decides that the caregiver is no longer approved, the mother must be given the opportunity to nominate another alternative caregiver.