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Children’s workforce guidelines available

Children have a right to have all their needs met and to be safe from abuse and neglect.

Social Development Minister Hon Anne Tolley has launched new guidelines for the children’s workforce.

Safer Recruitment, Safer Children [PDF, 3.1 MB] is not a regulatory document and is being released in advance of changes in the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. It gives organisations good practice advice on selecting safe people to work with children. It has been developed in partnership between the Ministry of Education on behalf of the Children’s Action Plan Directorate and Child Matters, a Hamilton-based NGO with child protection expertise.

Safer Organisations, Safer Children [PDF, 1.1 MB] is a set of good practice advice to help organisations draft high quality child protection policies for identifying and responding to child vulnerability in response to the new requirements in the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. It is a living document, and will evolve as our understanding of how to best respond to children at risk of harm changes.

Read more about the children's workforce changes here:

Children’s workforce

Core competencies

Children’s Teams and local workforce development

Read Minister Anne Tolley's media release - Launch of children’s workforce guidelines (external link)

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