“Me ka moemoea ahau, Ko au anake, Me ka moemoea e tatou, Ka taea e tatou.
One Team, One Dream, One place arriving together."
Brownie Rauwhero, Counties Manukau Children’s Team Kaumauta.
Working together, the Children’s Team approach is making a fundamental difference to how we support vulnerable children/tamariki.
If you are concerned about a child (unborn to 18) you can refer them to the Children’s Team. To refer a child to the Counties Manukau Children’s Team, contact the Vulnerable Children's Hub.
Counties Manukau is taking referrals of children who live in Manurewa, Papakura and Clendon. See a map of the boundaries. (external link)
You can contact us by calling 09 917 8491 or e-mail us anytime at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professionals and practitioners have been transforming the way they work, adopting the Children’s Team approach. Here are some of the professionals who will work together, with one plan, to ensure children/tamariki are thriving, well engaged in education, and belong to a successful, resilient whānau.
"Accountability and responsibility for the safety and well-being of children lies with the whānau, and the Children’s Team that offers and provides support. This is fundamental to giving our vulnerable children better opportunities so that they can thrive, be happy and safe. In my experience a collaborative approach is more likely to be successful for the child and family than a professional working alone." - Desiree Donaldson - Children's Team Lead Professional
"It’s vital to make sure professionals who work with children have all the support they need to make sure children are not escalating into critical areas of risk, and have the opportunity to become contributing citizens in their communities." - Mike Fulcher - Service Broker
"This approach places children at the centre of all that we do. This combined with early intervention and working together with a “no excuses attitude” will ensure children and their whānau get what they need to thrive." - Bronwyn Impson, Children's Team Co-ordinator
"The Children’s Team approach allows the voices of vulnerable children to be heard, understood and responded to with agreement from their families. Children know they are central to the decisions being made and the plans created for them. They and their families see they are not forgotten or in the “too hard” basket and someone genuinely cares about their wellbeing. The child will begin to thrive and experience all that life has to offer in a safe environment." - Marilyn Lockwood, Children’s Team Co-ordinator.
The Counties Manukau Children’s team will support about 1,400 vulnerable children and their families in the first two years. We know that working together, we can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children/tamariki and their families in this area, so they can thrive, achieve and belong.
Counties Manukau Children’s Team Director Liz Thomas has 30 years’ experience as a social worker. She is committed to working with the experienced and diverse group of professionals across all sectors who work with children/tamariki and the families in Counties Manukau.
Watch this video to see Director Liz Thomas discussing the Children’s Team approach