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.

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.

Children's Teams contact information

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

Email

Phone number

Rotorua

Rotorua.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(07) 921 5082

Whangarei

Whangarei.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

029 237 9147

Horowhenua/Ōtaki

horowhenuaotaki.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz (06) 949 4271

Marlborough

Marlborough.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(03) 984 4291

Hamilton

Hamilton.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(07) 957 4673

Tairāwhiti

Tairawhiti.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(06) 986 4221

Eastern Bay of Plenty

EBOP.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

029 200 8482

Whanganui

Whanganui.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(06) 965 3466

Canterbury

Canterbury.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(03) 963 2166

Counties Manukau

CountiesManukau.childrensteam@mvcot.govt.nz

(09) 919 3816