If you are concerned about a child (unborn to 18) you can refer them to the Children’s Team. Referrals to the Children’s Team can be made by agencies, practitioners (e.g. teachers and nurses), friends or the families themselves. We do not accept anonymous referrals and the family must verbally consent to the referral being completed. Read more about referring to Children's Teams here.
To refer a child to the Tairāwhiti Children’s Team:
Then drop the completed forms off to our office reception at 42 Grey Street. Alternatively, you can also email or call (06) 986 4221 for a member of our team to come and collect it. The forms should be in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Children’s Team and marked ‘Private and Confidential’.
If you have any questions about referring a child to the Tairāwhiti Children's Team, email: Tairawhiti@childrensactionplan.govt.nz
Tairāwhiti Children’s Team covers the area of the Tairāwhiti District Health Board.
For more information about the Children's Team, download the Tairāwhiti Children’s Team flyer [PDF, 720 KB]
Read the Tairāwhiti Children's Team Child Protection Policy here. [PDF, 797 KB]
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley officially launched the Tairāwhiti Children’s Team on 9 October 2015.
Around 100 guests attended the launch in the Gisborne sunshine, including Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon, Ronald Nepe Chief Executive of Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa, Tairwhiti District Health Board Chief Executive Jim Green, and local community leaders.
About 430 vulnerable children will be eligible for the Tairāwhiti Children’s Team. These are children who don’t quite reach the threshold for statutory care, but who have multiple unmet needs.
A fundamentally different way of working together, the Children’s Team provides the opportunity for government agencies, iwi and non-government organisations to bring together their existing services for vulnerable children into one personalised plan for each child and their family/whānau. This reduces duplication and allows professionals and practitioners to focus on delivering the right services.
To contact the Tairāwhiti Children’s Team, email: Tairawhiti@childrensactionplan.govt.nz
Tūranga FM Media News caught up with Minister Tolley and Naomi Whitewood.
|Ritana (Lytton High School) Kapa Haka group performing a waiata.|
The Tairāwhiti 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.
Tairāwhiti Local Governance Group members are:
The Tairāwhiti 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 Tairāwhiti Children’s Team panel members are: