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.

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Teams near you

There are 10 Children’s Teams operating across New Zealand. Every team operates from within their community. They use the common approach to help achieve better outcomes for tamariki.

Where are the Children’s Teams?

There are three large, urban teams which are supported by the Vulnerable Children’s Hub and ViKI:

  • Hamilton
  • Canterbury
  • Counties Manukau.

 A further seven teams operate in:

  • Rotorua
  • Whangarei
  • Horowhenua/Ōtaki
  • Marlborough
  • Tairāwhiti
  • Eastern Bay of Plenty
  • Whanganui.