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Source: New Zealand Ministry for Vulnerable Children

Headline: About us

Our building blocks

Here’s the foundations we’re building on:

A child centred system

We know every child has unique needs. Our job is to listen to them, understand them and take those needs on board when we make decisions. We’ll ask ourselves ‘Is this the right thing to do for the child?’ at every step of the way.

High aspirations for Māori children

We always expect the very best for our tamariki Māori, and will work closely with families, whānau, hapū and iwi to make it happen. New ways of measuring our work, and regular and transparent reporting will help us and our partners to understand the progress we’re making.

An investment approach

Prevention is now central to what we do. By investing up front in our tamariki, we can ensure their wellbeing further down the line, and reduce the costs to society.

Strategic partnerships

We recognise that our partners are often well placed to help our tamariki in ways that we can’t. The future is about building bridges between our partners, and encouraging a deeper commitment and more shared responsibility. By building capacity and capability, together we can start transforming outcomes for children.

Practice framework

A clear framework of practice will describe the values, principles, definitions and approaches to deliver positive outcomes for vulnerable children. This will empower people to use their professional judgment, based on an evidence-based understanding of the impact of trauma on children and young people. A system-wide framework will also be developed, to guide other professionals working with vulnerable children, young people and their families, ensuring a coherent experience.

Engaging all New Zealanders

We know we can’t do this on our own. All New Zealanders have a role to play in providing love, care and support to vulnerable children, young people and their families. We’ll work to raise awareness and help communities to step forward and feel some responsibility towards– not just their own children ­– but all our children, and especially those who are most at-risk of harm to their wellbeing.