Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

Date Published: 
March 2019

The Children Act 2014 and the associated agency Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children aims to improve the life outcomes of vulnerable children in our society. The Act tasks children’s agencies, of which Police is one, with being responsive to and accountable for Government priorities with respect to children. This includes protecting children from abuse and neglect and identifying and helping vulnerable children before the greatest harm happens.

The Act also places significant focus on the workforce that works with children. It aims to ensure that the children’s workforce is safe to work with children, is competent for the work they undertake, and is aware of how child abuse and neglect presents and what to do when they recognise it.

Police child protection-related policies, procedures and guidelines are detailed in a variety of documents. The Police ‘Child Protection Policy’:

  • outlines the various documents that together comprise our ‘child protection’ policy
  • provides an overview of the Police obligations under the Children Act 2014 including the safety checking of staff who are children’s workers.

The Police ‘Child Protection Investigation Policy and Procedures’ is attached to the ‘Child Protection Policy’ as an appendix. This details procedures for responding to and investigating reports to Police about child safety concerns, including child abuse, neglect, and abuse arising from children being present in unsafe environments.