Working with others
Only by working as one, will all of New Zealand change how we value and treat our tamariki. That means bringing together, and working alongside, a wide variety of valued partners from all walks of life.
Overlapping layers of protection
By working more closely with our partner agencies, we can provide overlapping layers of protection and support for our children. This is just one of the ways that our goal of shared responsibility for the wellbeing of our children and young people will come to life over the next five years.
Community and iwi
Around a child’s own family and whānau, lie the circles of community and iwi. Firstly, they provide young people with meaning and pride in who they are and where they come from, giving our children stable foundations to grow on.
They provide bonds of friendship and trust, and act as a back-up support network to the child and family, offering them help and advice in times of need.
They also act as a safeguard against abuse or neglect, raising the alarm when something isn’t right.
Finally, they have an incredibly important role to play in guiding a child or young person as they transition to adulthood.
We are working to strengthen our ties with iwi and the wider community, and help them as we all take a more proactive role in ensuring the wellbeing of our tamariki.
We all have a part to play
Our partner agencies are powerful allies. From government agencies such as Police, the Ministry of Health, NGOs (like charities) to local bodies and businesses – we all have a part to play. Together we can ensure that at-risk children receive the right kind of support in every area of their lives.