The safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children is everybody's responsibility. They deserve better, and there is no doubt that we need to change the way we are working. As professionals working with children, we must all have a relentlessly child-centred focus, which puts the voices of vulnerable children, at the forefront. Rather than simply reacting to a crisis, we must focus on preventing harm and ensuring these young people go on to lead successful lives.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the Police on 111. If you suspect a child has already been abused or neglected, contact Child, Youth and Family.
To refer a child to the Hamilton Children's Team, contact the Vulnerable Children's Hub.
To contact the team, email: Hamilton@childrensactionplan.govt.nz or or call us on (07) 957 6726.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley officially launched Hamilton Children's Team and the Vulnerable Children's Hub on 1 September 2015 at Nawton Primary School.
Around 160 guests attended including Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, the Chief Executives of Education, Justice and Health and the National Children’s Director Sue Mackwell.
The Hamilton Children’s Team was the first large urban Children’s Team to go to scale in the country.
It is the first opportunity to work with large numbers of vulnerable children and their families and whānau. As the Hamilton Children's Team reaches scale, they are expected to be supporting approximately 650 vulnerable children at any one time.
Hamilton Children’s Team covers the area of the Hamilton city boundaries. Click here for a map of the city boundaries [PDF, 1.1 MB].
The Hamilton Children’s Team’s Local Governance Group is comprised of key representatives from the local community, government agencies, non-government organisations and iwi. This group of community leaders ensures the Children’s Team Director has the resources necessary to address the needs of the vulnerable children and their family/whānau across the local community.
Hamilton Local Governance Group members are:
The Hamilton Children’s Team panel is made up of a range of sector experts and practitioners who are responsible for reviewing referrals, assigning a Lead Professional to coordinate work with the child and their family, and approving and monitoring the progress against the Child’s Plan.
The Hamilton Children’s Team panel members are: