Working with children

Information for providers

We work with communities, NGOs and government agencies to support vulnerable children and young people. Here you'll find information about funding for providers, including the funding code of practice.

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Trust, accountability, openness and transparency, value for money, fairness and integrity.

Our principles for funding and contracting

We comply with the Public Finance Act 1989 and all other relevant legislation. And only fund activities that comply with our priorities.

Community Investment Strategy

This underpins what we do. The strategy was launched in June 2015 to help ensure community-based social services are targeted at the right people and the right communities – based on evidence about what works.

Code of funding practice

This voluntary code sets out 'best practice' for government funders and NGOs to work to when using public funds to benefit communities. 

It was developed by the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector during 2010 with extensive input from non-government sectors and the public. 

The seven core codes are:

  • respect
  • cultural context
  • transparency
  • open communication
  • flexibility and innovation
  • integrity
  • accountability. 

Working to the code

At the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, we ensure all our funding and contracting is consistent with the code.

This means:

  • Working with providers to build better funding arrangements
  • Ensuring the code is reflected in all areas of the funding and contracting process including applying for funding, selecting providers, managing risk, contract negotiations, communication and relationship management, shared outcomes, and monitoring and reporting
  • Encouraging the use of the code review tool developed by OCVS, particularly when initiating and renewing contracts.

The code also complements the Treasury contracting guidelines and the Office of the Auditor General's guide for managing funding arrangements.