Gráinne's update - September 2017
Published: September 26, 2017
It’s hard to believe we are in September already, as we race toward Christmas at what feels like lightning speed.
Priorities for our next 12 months
Over the next 12 months, as we continue to shape Oranga Tamariki into the best possible organisation to serve our tamariki and whānau we will focus on three priorities:
- Placements: Increase places for children and young people to be when home’s not right.
- Practice: Lead a consistent and high-quality approach to social work practice that is child-centred, trauma-informed and effective for Māori as well as other cultures.
- Partnership: Work with partners across New Zealand, including iwi and NGOs, in new ways to build stronger services for our children and young people.
Increase placements for children and young people
Tamariki have told me that moving placements can have a devastating impact on their wellbeing, so we need to change our ways of working to find the right family situation as early as possible.
We want to better support caregivers and provide them with the right training. We're piloting a 24hr caregiver support hotline, so if trouble arises caregivers have immediate access to someone who can help.
Over the next 12 months, we'll be stepping up our recruitment drive for general caregivers - and we'll make sure we have the right support in place first.
We're continuing our work with iwi to identify and support potential whānau caregivers so that where possible, tamariki can retain their connection with their whānau, hapū and iwi.
Work with partners across New Zealand
We will work with our community partners to build solid, enduring relationships.
Tamariki and rangitahi live in communities, not in organisations. New Zealanders have the generosity of spirit and the determination to give our children and young people the world-class system they deserve.
With support from communities, we will strive to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people.
The next year will go by quickly, but we know that by keeping our focus on the three P’s – Placements, Practice and Partnership – we will have an organisation that will better meet the needs of tamariki and whānau. One that New Zealanders can all be proud of.