Voices of Mokopuna

Before you engage

Considering why and how you will engage with mokopuna is key to a successful engagement. To create a space where mokopuna feel heard and their voices are incorporated into the final output requires specialised support from those who are experienced in engaging with children and young people and from their community.

Checklist before you start

Here is an overview which provides a starting point for thinking about engaging with mokopuna.

Before you engage - a checklist

Planning Guide

This guide gives an overview of the key things to think about when planning to engage with mokopuna. Mokopuna, whānau and community are from diverse backgrounds and will need diverse support, which should be considered from the planning stages. For example this resource from VOYCE - Whakarongo mai: Kia Tika Kia Pono is an ethical framework to guide engagements with tamariki and rangatahi with care experience, and with mokopuna with care experience.

OCC planning guide

Ethical Considerations

There are consent and ethical considerations that you will need to think about before you engage with children. Here is some basic guidance to support you to engage in a way that is both meaningful and safe for children.

Ethical Considerations


This is an example of a consent form which encourages informed consent for participation. Consent should always be gained age appropriately and by a parent or guardian for those under 16 years.

Consent Form Exemplar

Costs and resources

Here are some common costs and resource requirements for engaging with mokopuna.

OCC Costs and resources