13. Papakāinga | Ensuring Key Connections

13.1 Youth workers will endeavour to relate to, create, strengthen and maintain young people’s connections to their key social environments.

13.2 Youth workers will recognise and honour the importance of the relationship with whakapapa through whānau, marae, hapū and iwi when working with Tangata Whenua.

13.3 Youth workers will recognise the importance of whānau and the complex nature of these relationships. Youth workers seek to strengthen the relationship between young people and their whānau.

13.4 Youth workers balance the importance of whānau with the young person’s need to work towards independence (e.g. when working with young people of mixed abilities).

14. Tautauamoa | Working Collaboratively

14.1 Youth workers will respect and co-operate with other professionals and/or other significant people involved in the young person’s life to secure the best possible outcomes for the young people they engage with. There may be issues of confidentiality to take into account.

14.2 Where a youth organisation contracts or invites an individual or agency for a specific purpose (e.g. outdoor recreation, facilitation etc.) there will be clear communication between the two regarding expectations.

14.3 Youth workers will network and build relationships with other Youth Workers in order to gain collegial support and to share experiences, skills and knowledge.

14.4 Youth workers will connect with and strengthen networks with other key groups that contribute towards young people’s development.

14.5 Youth workers will relate to others in the community with integrity, respect, courtesy, openness and honesty.

14.6 Youth workers will seek guidance from Tangata Whenua with regard to working with rangatahi.

14.7 Where there is concern regarding a youth workers practice that is too serious to be resolved by discussion it must be brought to the attention of the appropriate bodies.