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Early help for whānau who need extra support

October 01, 2020 at 5:04 PM

From Beehive.govt.nz

HON TRACEY MARTIN

The Government is investing in a new, whānau-centred early intervention prototype designed to strengthen families and improve the safety and wellbeing of children.

The new programme, Ngā Tini Whetū, is a collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri, ACC and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and was announced today by Children’s Minister Tracey Martin, Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare and Associate ACC Minister Willie Jackson.

It will see additional early support offered to around 800 whānau across the North Island, to lift child and whānau wellbeing and resilience.

“Our current systems of support too often see resources going to families after they are in trouble and an incident has happened,” Minister Martin says. “This initiative is designed to get the right help to whānau before there’s a crisis.

“If we want to reduce the stress on families and help them to care for their children, then this is the type of shift we need.”

Ngā Tini Whetū involves a combined $42.4 million investment over two years from the three government agencies, with Oranga Tamariki and ACC transferring money to Te Puni Kōkiri to commission services from WOCA. It is anticipated that the first families will start to receive the new service from January 2021.

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