Skip to main navigation Skip to main content
Up-to-date information on how we are responding to COVID-19
Stay informed

Parents and care arrangements

Parents and care arrangements

Families have the primary responsibility for the upbringing, protection and development of their children (Child Protection Act 1999 , section 5B(b). When working with the family of a child in care, we must ensure that:

  • preference is given to ensuring the child's wellbeing through the support of the child's family
  • the views of the child's family are considered and the child's parents have the opportunity to take part in making decisions affecting their lives
  • timely and accurate information is provided with respect to matters and decisions affecting the child's life, including information about accessing applicable review mechanisms.

These legislated principles highlight the need for a strengths-based, solution-focused and collaborative approach when partnering with the parents of children in care.  

Version history

Back to top

Published on:

Last reviewed:

  • Date: 
    Maintenance
  • Date: 
    Maintenance
  • Date: 
    Terminology change - placement to care arrangement