It's time to find the best people for Whanganui's Children's Team
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9 December 2014
 
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) maternity, child and youth portfolio manager Jon Buchan is urging organisations working with children to talk to one another and select the best people to join the Children’s Team tasked with protecting Whanganui’s vulnerable children.
 
Mr Buchan says the Whanganui team will have a broad representation of experts from the health and education sectors, the Ministry of Social Development, Child Youth and Families, the Police and community organisations.
 
“But we can’t all sit round the table so it’s important to decide who our key people are. We’re going to have the same people doing the same work but our aim is to do it more efficiently because ultimately, this will result in the best outcome for a vulnerable child.”
 
Mr Buchan believes the Children’s Team will remove some of the barriers that can cause delays in action when the needs of a child are not being met. He foresees problems being quickly escalated up to those who can make decisions.
 
Children’s Teams are being established nationwide as a result of recommendations made within the 2012 Children’s Action Plan. Whanganui is one of 10 districts identified as a district where a Children’s Team would improve outcomes for vulnerable children. Whanganui’s Children’s Team will begin work mid-next year.