Children's Teams

The Children’s Team approach is a way of working hand in hand with families and whānau to create safer lives for at-risk children. It's not another service, but it’s a different approach.

Working together

We work together with other agencies, non-government organisations and communities to put the child first and ensure their voices are heard. Together we share information and create one plan for each child.

Transition of Children’s Teams

Children’s Teams are one part of the current Oranga Tamariki early intervention system. The development of the future early intervention system will take time, and it’s important that tamariki and whānau receive the support they need while this happens.

Recent evaluations of the Children’s Teams have told us what is working well and what could be improved. In response, we will be gradually shifting the Children’s Teams to new, community-based approaches as these are developed. In the interim it will be business as usual for Children’s Teams which will continue to need the support of partner agencies and NGOs.

Areas where the coordination of services for children at risk of harm that have transitioned to the community are:

  • Tairawhiti to Te Runanga o Turanganui-a-Kiwa
  • Whanganui to Jigsaw Whanganui
  • Hamilton to Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust - Te Waka Tamariki
  • Marlborough to Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua
  • Eastern Bay of Plenty to Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa
  • Canterbury to Right Service Right Time
  • Counties Manukau to Turuki Health Care
  • Rotorua to Te Arawa Whānau Ora Charitable Trust
  • Horowhenua/Ōtaki to Raukawa Whānau Ora.

Published: March 13, 2017 · Updated: April 16, 2021