Update from Gráinne and Hoani
Gráinne Moss introduces the Oranga Tamariki 2018/19 Annual Report and Hoani Lambert gives an update on Transition Support for rangatahi.
Our Annual Report for 2018/19
Kia ora koutou
It has been more than two-and-a-half years since Oranga Tamariki was established, and I’m pleased with what we have achieved so far alongside our partners.
We have a lot more work to do together to make the systemic and societal changes needed to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.
You can learn more about the work we are doing to achieve this vision in the Oranga Tamariki Annual Report for 2018/19.
Our kaimahi, caregivers, providers and other partners inspire me every day with their commitment to helping tamariki and whānau.
I’m excited for the changes and improvements we will continue to make together in the next year.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive
Transition Support for rangatahi
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We are making good progress with our partners in developing services to support rangatahi in care and youth justice to transition to adulthood.
It makes a big difference having trusted adults in their lives who advocate for them and provide opportunities to help them achieve their goals.
There are about 50 full-time transition workers, and more than 260 young people have received support since July 1 when transition support legislation came into effect.
Last month alone, young people called our advice and assistance line nearly 200 times.
This will continue to increase as our Transition Support team and partners develop further ways to engage with young people who are eligible for support.
Growing the Transition Support workforce
There are 42 community providers involved in Transition Support already, and they are delivering a range of incredible services.
For example, in Invercargill Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu has a supported living home for rangatahi transitioning out of our care.
Their aim is to give them resources and ideas for their wellbeing and independence.
More and more young people will become eligible for transition support next year.
To ensure we can provide what they need, we are growing the Transition Support workforce and building capacity and capability within communities.
For example, we are working with Brainwave Trust and SKIP to deliver training for transition workers on brain development and positive parenting. This will increase their ability to support care-experienced rangatahi who are parents.
More information about services and eligibility
You can learn more about Transition Support and the services that young people are eligible for on our website.
For any other enquires relating to this kaupapa or for advice and assistance, I encourage you to call our specialist transition support team on 0800 55 89 89.
Ngā mihi nui