Minister Anne Tolley to launch Whanganui Children's Team
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11 November 2015
 
Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley will officially launch the Whanganui Children’s Team between 2pm and 3pm, on Friday 13 November, at Whanganui’s Tawhero School.
 
Across New Zealand, Children’s Teams are being established by local people to work in the communities in which they operate. The teams are designed to be flexible so they can respond to the needs of ‘at risk’ children and their families/whānau, within the setting of each individual community.
 
To date, seven Children’s Teams have been established in Whangarei, Rotorua, Hamilton, Horowhenua/Ōtaki, Marlborough, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Eastern Bay of Plenty.
 
The Whanganui and Christchurch teams will both be operating by Christmas. Counties Manukau is progressing in its establishment and is expected to be launched early next year.
 
A Children’s Team is comprised of practitioners and professionals from government agencies, iwi/Māori and non-government professionals such as paediatricians, psychologists and social workers.
 
The role of the Children’s Teams is to accept referrals and assign a Lead Professional who is dedicated to focusing on the child’s needs, first and foremost.
 
Rather than addressing one aspect of a problem, the Lead Professional brings together a Child’s Action    Network of relevant professionals to tackle the issues a child and their family face.
 
The Lead Professional works with the Child’s Action Network to assess a child and their family/whānau needs, and jointly prepare a Child’s Plan. The Lead Professional then takes this plan to the Children’s Team to discuss the services to be provided.
 
The Children’s Team director, a recognised leader in the local community, is guided by a Local Governance Group. This group ensures the Children’s Team director has the resources necessary to address the needs of vulnerable children and their family/whānau.
 
The Children’s Action Plan can be accessed at www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz.