The Policy Place Blog

Policy and procedure ideas for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

By Kendra Beri | September 12, 2021

It’s time to celebrate the first language of Aotearoa with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.  Kia kaha te reo Māori! Te reo Māori is a taonga protected by the Treaty of Waitangi. The Crown and its funded entities like education, social and health agencies, has a duty to actively protect it. What does active…

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Online policies and procedures to stay current

By Kendra Beri | September 1, 2021

It’s important but tough to keep your policies and procedures up with the changing risks of COVID-19.  In Aotearoa, over the last 2 weeks and in the space of less than 24 hours, we’ve plunged from Alert Level 1 to Level 4 restrictions. Soon, we’ll be operating at different levels of restrictions. It’s complex. And it’s constantly…

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Online policies and procedures – it’s a no-brainer!

By Kendra Beri | August 18, 2021

So you’ve joined the Policy Place online policy service. Welcome aboard! It’s our most popular service especially for agencies and practitioners who have to comply with the Social Sector Accreditation Standards and Health and Disability Standards. It’s a no-brainer. Not only do we provide online policies to help your compliance. We also review and update…

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Improving policies and procedures for bullying and harassment

By Kendra Beri | August 9, 2021

Recent changes took effect for lawyers in July this year in Aotearoa. The changes address important gaps in the rules of conduct for lawyers relating to bullying, sexual harassment, racial harassment, violence and discrimination. They are worth considering if your policies and procedures on bullying and harassment are in need of an update. The case…

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Policies and procedures for A&D recovery in the workplace

By Kendra Beri | August 3, 2021

We need a recovery approach to alcohol and drug use as a society. It’s been advocated in the criminal justice system so a health rather than a criminal approach would apply for drug and alcohol-related offending. (See, for example, He Waka Roimata pp 65-67;  Rights, respect & recovery: alcohol & drug treatment strategy) More recently,…

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5 policy and procedure tips for good recordkeeping

By Kendra Beri | June 20, 2021

Have you experienced, as a client in the health or social service system, being asked to repeat your story numerous times? Being given inconsistent and conflicting advice by practitioners about the same thing? We had recent experience of this when my dad was admitted to hospital. Individually, staff were caring towards my dad. However, time…

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Risky business – when offending hits the workplace

By Kendra Beri | May 30, 2021

The case of Philip Barnes was recently laid bare in New Zealand media when his name suppression order was lifted. It’s a good reminder about what not to do when, as a manager, you learn that a staff member may have been involved in offending. The case In 2017, International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) management…

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5 essentials for your record retention policy and procedure

By Kendra Beri | April 4, 2021

Are you getting lost in a pile-up of records and don’t know what to do with them? If so, it’s time to get cracking with your policy and procedure on retention and disposal of records. Check your existing policy and procedure is being implemented as it should be or if it needs review and updating.…

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How your policy and procedure can bridge the vaccination divide

By Kendra Beri | March 27, 2021

Covid-19 vaccination is going to be the light at the end of the long pandemic tunnel. In Aotearoa/New Zealand we now have a guide about when we are likely to enter the light. But is it the light? As vaccinations start to roll out, there’s more public debate about the consequences of not getting vaccinated.…

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Key tips for your workplace vaccination policy and procedure

By Kendra Beri | March 9, 2021

With vaccinations for Covid-19 becoming available, what’s going to be your agency position on it? Do you even need a position? Important questions, particularly, if you’re a social and health service providing direct care services. If you think you need an agency position on Covid-19 vaccinations, then it’s time to get cracking on your policy…

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