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Stan

Stan wanted to honour his youth worker Paul with the taonga, for showing him a different, more positive way of being.When he was a teenager, life was really unstable for Stan. He experienced a lot of family violence. His mum moved away with her new husband, and Stan found himself living in a violent home with his alcoholic father who ended up going to jail.Suddenly Stan had nowhere to go. He was fifteen."A lot of my dad's issues started becomin...

What we do

Our core services We’re building a comprehensive set of services for our children and young people, spanning prevention through to early adulthood services. The design and delivery of intervention, care and youth justice services is currently under transformation, with prevention and transition services growing over the next five years as the Ministry significantly expands its capacity in these are...

Family group conferences

Together, with the family, victims, the Police and other important influencers, we can help the young person take responsibility for their actions and make lasting, positive changes. With everyone’s opinion and expertise accounted for, a thorough plan can be made to help right the wrong and ensure their future wellbeing. Care and Protection family group conferences Depending on your child's age, there's more than one type of f...

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Social worker recruitment We're leading a new way of working to support children who need care, creating a major shift in emphasis. We have a number of social worker positions available now and invite dedicated and passionate social workers to play their part in helping change the way New Zealand protects children. Find out about our Social Worker jobs News Finding stren...

Walking alongside episode 1 transcript

(Toni)So I’m a Care and Protection Social Worker here at Oranga Tamariki.At 8.30 every morning we have a full staff meeting. And it’s also every morning we sing a waiata.The best thing about being a social worker would be seeing the little changes in families and kids.The worst things about being a social worker would be the hard days.When you do have to take kids away from their parents.When plans change and fall over.When you do see kids...

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Our goal is to work with the child and young person, their whānau and others who can help, so they can return to live at home – but only once we think it's safe for them to do so. If that can't happen, we aim to find them a safe, stable and loving home, where they'll be able to have a sense of belonging.  "It's all about the love. Some...

Michelle

Michelle's storyMichelle is a caregiver in Wellington, caring for five children – one boy and four girls, aged between 20 months and seven years old.Her style of caregiving has always been based around a carefully planned routine: "Routines are big for me. Also they help the children to have more structure and it helps them to feel more secure in whatever's going on." Her days are...