Worried About a Child?
Sometimes it is the quality of the information you pass on to Oranga Tamariki and the Police that makes all the difference to protecting a child or young person. Even passing on a car registration number to the police is enough to identify a child you are concerned about.
A Report of Concern is the term used by Oranga Tamariki and the Police for the information you provide.
Below we have listed the information that SCI believes makes it easier for Oranga Tamariki or the Police to identify the child / young person or concerning adult and for them to understand your concerns:
- Name of the child
- Date of birth (if known) or even approximate age
- Address of the child / whānau (if known)
- Contact telephone numbers (if known)
- Names of other children in the household / whānau / group / team
- Names of parents/carers
- Names of adults in the household
- Names of adult you are concerned about and their relationship/jobs connected to the child
- School or groups attended
- Name of GP and Plunket nurse
- What are you concerned about?
- What have you seen or heard?
- Who was present when you noticed something?
- If it is an injury, draw it on a drawing of a body, or use a body map if you have one (indicate left and right)
- When did it happen?
- What did the child say? (do not ask the child questions)
- What did the adult say or do that concerned you?
- Is it a one-off incident or always occurring
- What have you already done to safeguard/protect the child?
- Who else is aware of your concerns or shares your concerns?
- Pass on any information if you think making the Report of Concern will increase the risk to the child (e.g. violence/abduction)
- Your name
- Your job title/relationship to the child
- Your contact number and organisation
- If you want to remain anonymous, please indicate on the Report of Concern
Remaining anonymous means the other information you provide must be accurate as Oranga Tamariki or the Police will have no way of contacting you to clarify things.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS, HOWEVER, IT IS BETTER TO REPORT A CONCERN ANONYMOUSLY THAN NOT AT ALL.
Keep a copy of your Report of Concern for yourself or your organisation.
A Report of Concern can be made by calling 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)
or by Fax: 09 914 1211 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org