The Policy Place Blog

9 policy and procedure areas to cover off for COVID- 19

Good policies and procedures can help you steer the course  – keep you on track with your compliance and guard against panicked decision making in a time of emergency. Are all policies and procedures equally important in a time of emergency? Not all. Here’s what we prioritise. Compliance Policies and procedures addressing compliance with regulations…
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Don’t let it happen to you.

People running charities should be selfless, honourable. That’s what we expect right? Certainly, we expect honesty and that they can be trusted to receive and use public money for charitable purposes and not for personal gain. But what’s in place to help those governing and managing organisations to keep on the straight and narrow and…
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Your guide to child and family-friendly policies and procedures

Heart, mind and skills are essential, but policies and procedures are also important. They set base-lines for child and family-friendly practice in an agency. Here’s a checklist of some key policies and procedures to support child, whānau and family-friendly practice in your agency.   Contact The Policy Place for help with these and other policies…
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“Upping the Ante” with workplace health & safety

With workplace injury still so prevalent and always a possibility, is there something more we should and can be doing to safeguard the health and wellbeing/hauora of staff? Mahi/work in the social, community, health and justice sectors is “risky”. Hazards for workers may be physical, environmental, social, psychological and client-related. There are consequent risks to…
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Big push for pastoral care

Parents will be able to rest easier with the Interim Pastoral Care Code now issued for domestic tertiary students. The Code requires tertiary providers to actively support the social and mental wellbeing of students and to have policies and processes in place to achieve this. Here’s a quick summation of some key provisions. General obligations…
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Bad policy – a loaded dice

Policies shape actions and decisions made by staff. So what’s the effect of bad policy? Bad decisions, hurt people and so much more. The big example last week was the Oranga Tamariki Pratice Review into the Hastings case. The review and discussion after it mainly focused on the actions of staff. It’s shocking reading. Key…
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