Working with children

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.

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.

It's everyone's responsibility

At the very least, this approach must become part of our everyday behaviour – an expected and routine way of working.

It requires accountability at every level – from chief executives of government agencies in Wellington to front-line workers interacting directly with children and their families.

This table provides the direct contacts for Children's Teams. Important – please never email referrals or any personal information about tamariki or their whānau to the Children’s Team.

Children’s Team


Phone number


(07) 921 5081


029 237 9147

Horowhenua/Ōtaki (06) 949 4271


(03) 984 4291


(07) 957 4673


(06) 986 4221

Eastern Bay of Plenty

029 200 8482


(06) 965 3474


(03) 963 2166

Counties Manukau

(09) 919 3816