New handbook to better support caregivers
A new handbook for caregivers brings together information about universal health and education services, making it easier for them to find the information they need to access services for children and young people in their care.
The Hand in Hand Book is the result of a series of co-design workshops with caregivers, who told us they find it hard to get information about what health and education entitlements are available.
The handbook, produced with the Ministries of Health and Education, is structured around the age of the child - from birth through to 18 years. It covers things like how to enrol with a family doctor, when immunisations are due, and how to enrol in education, from early learning services through to secondary school.
It can be used as a type of checklist, to ensure children and young people in care have access to all the universal services they’re entitled to. It also includes information to help access specialist support services.
The Hand in Hand Book is currently being distributed to caregivers.