Research and reports

Children’s Workforce Survey

The Children’s Workforce Survey measured the attitudes and capability of the children’s workforce, alongside their experiences of working with vulnerable children and their familiarity with the Children’s Team model and tools.

The online survey was conducted between 19 November 2015 and 15 March 2016 by the Children’s Action Directorate in conjunction with Research New Zealand.

Hamilton Children's Team Assessment

The Hamilton Assessment examined the Hamilton Children’s Team’s progress between April 2015 and December 2015. It focused primarily on the establishment phase, prior to the team beginning its operations on 1 September 2015.

This was a routine assessment of the early phases of a large and unprecedented initiative and designed to inform continuous improvement.

The Hamilton Children’s Team was the first large urban Children’s Team to go live and the first to test and use the Vulnerable Children’s Hub and the Vulnerable Kids Information System (ViKI).

 As expected for an initiation phase for such a large and complex initiative, Hamilton’s early implementation encountered some challenges, and produced learnings for all Children’s Teams. 

The Hamilton Children’s Team is applying lessons learnt during the first phase to current operations - this is ongoing.

We are committed to continuous improvement, and this research along with your hard work and commitment, assists us to ensure the best support for children and their whānau.

This is a community wide, collective system change, sharing a common culture where the child is front and centre. The collective effort and commitment across the wider social sector is vital to supporting our vulnerable children the Children’s Team way.


 Deanne McManus-Emery is the current Director for the Hamilton Children’s Team.

 As at 30 September 2016, there are 151 active children and 29 Lead Professionals working with them in the Hamilton Children’s Team.

Children's Action Plan Progress Report - December 2015

The original Children’s Action Plan was published in 2012 to give effect to the White Paper on Vulnerable Children. This reflected wide-spread public consultation on how to get better results for our vulnerable children.

We have made considerable progress since 2012. The Children's Action Plan Progress Report 2015 reports on what we have done, results to date, what we have learnt, and what’s next for 2016.

Children's Team evaluation - Superu 2014

Superu completed an evaluation on 6 July 2014 to assess the design and implementation of the first two Children’s Teams. The evaluation addresses the overarching question: is the design right? It outlines the functions that are needed for a Children’s Team model to work effectively and how these functions performed in 2013. The focus is the design and implementation of the Children’s Team model rather than the performance of the individual demonstration sites.

The report’s findings were intended to inform the Children’s Action Plan Directorate and its partners, as the development and implementation of the model continued in 2014.