Request of CYFS for the rights expected of clients by Holly House, Open Home and all other child and family support services.

Leah Trass made this Official Information request to Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Leah Trass

Dear Child Youth and Family,

I am writing to request, please, what are the specific rights of the Mother who is housed within Holly House, or in fact any child and family support services, for instance Open Home. Can the 'client' and the child/ren expect the same rights as if they were directly under CYFS itself?

Yours faithfully,

Leigh Baillie

Link to this

From: Issues_Corporate_Support (CYF)

Hi Leigh
Thank-you for your email. I am not quite sure what you are wanting to know from reading your email as there are many different scenarios and circumstances that are possible. If you could be more specific or give me an example of what you mean then I can give you some information or refer you to someone who can.
Caroline

Caroline Wilkinson
Senior Advisor, Corporate Support
Child, Youth and Family
Level 5
Bowen State Building
Bowen St
Wellington
Ph 9189434
Internal 43434
[email address]

show quoted sections

Link to this

From: Leah Trass

Dear Issues_Corporate_Support (CYF),

It is my understanding that Holly House & Open Home along with other child and family support services are contracted to MSD/CYFS for the uplift of and placement/care of children.

My question is, are the rights of these children & their parents/caregivers protected under the same rights as those children and their parents/caregivers who are uplifted/protected solely by CYFS, (as per CYFS website) or do these organisations and other child and family support services have their own rights of the child and their parents/caregivers that they follow? There is nothing on their sites referring to the rights of the child or their parents/caregivers.

Yours sincerely,

Leigh Bailllie

Link to this

From: Leah Trass

Dear Issues_Corporate_Support (CYF),

I note my request under the OIA has not yet be answered,
by law, the authority should normally have responded promptly and by June 18, 2013.

This is in relation to Request of CYFS for the rights expected of clients by Holly House, Open Home and all other child and family support services.

I have in fact clarified my question, on May 2oth.

Yours sincerely,

Leigh Bailllie

Link to this

Tania left an annotation ()

The rights, shouldn't've changed. I.e the Privacy, and Health and Disablity code of conduct should apply in any circumstances. Other than the above codes, any Court directed condition needs to apply also - This is the reason why people need to speak up in Court, especially if your counsel isn't.
Privacy Act, Health and Disability Act, and Court ordered.
If a private business has certain criteria, than that is the choice that needs too be made,m whether to use that services or not. There is no harm if you are able to 'come to an agreement" between that agency and yourself, provided it does not compromise,any of the others.
I.e Court order prohibits a certain person from visiting, then the private business cannot allow that to occur. Not even in extreme circumstances, if there are extreme circumstances,I.e father dying, and needs the person for something, then get those to Court via submission as soon as. The private business cannot and should not be breaching any rights whatsoever.

Link to this

Things to do with this request

Anyone:
Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children only: