Care of children

What are the school’s responsibilities regarding protection orders?

Protection orders are issued by the Family Court and must be treated seriously by schools.

Information on protection orders, the Domestic Violence Act, and how to deal with family violence is available on the New Zealand Police website.

A victim of domestic violence can apply for a protection order. Protection orders are often made in association with parenting orders, but not always.

Normally, a protection order applies to any child living with the applicant. All standard conditions of protection orders apply to the children – including any non-contact conditions.

If a person subject to a protection order (the respondent) was to come to the school, then that is likely to be a breach of the protection order. If the school is aware that a protection order is in force, care should be taken that the privacy of the protected person and child or children is not breached. If you have any concerns contact the police immediately.

If the school is aware that a protection order is in force, it may be useful to ask for and keep on file a photograph of the respondent for identification purposes.

The school should keep on file a copy of the protection order and any parenting order in order to best protect and support the child/children.

Updated: October 2011

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