Intensive Intervention for whānau

We and our partners recognise the need to improve the support to whānau who are at risk of having their tamariki taken into care. We believe that with better support, more tamariki and whānau can stay together and thrive.

A new approach

We want to commit to meaningful and effective engagement with Māori. Wherever possible, the best place for a child is in the safe, loving and stable care of their families, whānau, hapū or iwi.

Intensive intervention is being designed in collaboration with iwi, Māori and Pacific organisations and the wider community sector. For now, this involves four Oranga Tamariki sites: Christchurch East, Tokoroa, Horowhenua, and Ōtāhuhu.

How we do this depends on the strengths and nature of the four communities. So, it’s important we take our time to develop the new services with our partners.

They know what their tamariki need and it’s vital we support them to find and develop the solutions.

How do we do this?

Everyone has a voice, including tamariki, and will influence the design and how it works. During the design and grow phase we will listen to the stories and experiences of local communities to understand what works for them.

Getting the new approach started will be gradual with opportunities at each stage of the process to learn what works best.

The iwi, hapū, Māori, Pacific and community organisations we’re partnering with reflect the whakapapa of the whānau and tamariki and many already have good relationships with them.

We are also working with Mokopuna Ora (our partnership with Waikato-Tainui) to support them to ensure mokopuna remain with their family and whānau through the design of the intensive intervention function in Waikato Rural North and Papakura.

The background

Local and international evidence tells us the best support for families is provided by multiple agencies and the community. And that there needs to be a more holistic view to recognise all factors that affect people’s lives.

In the 2019 Budget, Cabinet approved $31.6 million over four years to establish a new approach for children at risk of harm, and their families and whānau. Cabinet agreed this should be a phased ‘learn and grow’ model.

Intensive intervention infographic

Intensive intervention infographic text description

The infographic shows a roadmap showing the path of the intensive intervention work

[Start of roadmap] We need to improve support to whānau and families so tamariki can thrive at home

  • Evidence – Collated local and international evidence on what works for tamariki and whānau
  • Financial  $31.6m over four years to establish intensive support for children at risk of harm
  • The best place  The best place for a child is within the safe loving care of their whānau, hapū, iwi or family
  • Intensive intervention Supports whānau and families so tamariki can thrive at home
  • We will listen to stories and experiences of local communities to understand what works
  • Working together  Oranga Tamariki is working closely with iwi, Māori and Pacific organisations and the wider community sector
  • Locations  The approach involves four sites: Christchurch East, Tokoroa, Horowhenua and Ōtāhuhu  working with around 400 children or 150 families and whānau by June 2020
  • Confirmation  We know we are doing things right when more tamariki can stay safe at home with their whānau and family
  • Next phase  Expansion planning for next locations working alongside local iwi and the community

We are committed to progress [End of roadmap]

Published: December 19, 2019 · Updated: October 6, 2020