How we support whānau
Where possible we try to keep families together. Taking children into care is a last resort. We are working more and more with iwi and communities to support at-risk children to stay with their parents.
While most children in New Zealand don't need our help, there are some families and whānau who need extra support.
Supporting families with babies
We are working earlier with families and whānau to support parents when there are concerns for a pēpi.
When we have concerns about a child’s safety, we hold a hui-ā-whānau – a family meeting that uses tikanga ways of thinking – to assess the child’s needs.
Keeping families together
Our early support and intensive response services aim to keep children safely with their families, with the help of community service providers.
Supporting tamariki Māori
We are working to reduce entries into care for tamariki Māori, connect them to whānau, hapū and iwi and enable culturally responsive services, with the help of our partners.
Family and whānau care
We do everything we can to place children with caregivers from their wider family or whānau.
Transition from care to adulthood
From age 15, young people in care are supported by a transition worker as they prepare to leave care and move to the next stage in their life.
Published: May 31, 2022