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Hamilton Children’s Team Director appointed

The Hamilton Children’s Team has a new Director.Hamilton Children's Team Director, Deanne McManus-Emery

National Children’s Director Sue Mackwell says Deanne McManus-Emery’s appointment is a positive step for delivering better services for vulnerable children in the Waikato.

“I am delighted to announce I have appointed Deanne McManus-Emery as the new Hamilton Children’s Team Director.

“Deanne is Waikato born and bred; her whakapapa is with Waikato Tainui and Ngati Mahuta and she has well established working relationships with a diverse range of key stakeholders within the Hamilton and wider Waikato region.”

Deanne has previously worked for NZ Police, the Waikato District Health Board, the Ministry of Social Development, Housing New Zealand and more recently Hamilton City Council, where she led the Community Development and Leisure Unit.

“Deanne has strong leadership skills and experience working in both central and local government with the emphasis on social services.

We’re very excited to have Deanne join us on 5 September.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Greg Versalko from Child Youth and Family for doing such a great job as interim Children’s Team Director over the past weeks.

I know Deanne will be a tremendous addition to our work in Hamilton to improve the lives of our vulnerable children.

Children’s Teams are a key part of the government’s Children’s Action Plan to help transform New Zealand’s child protection system. They will become part of the new Children’s Entity scheduled to launch on 1 April 2017.

Children’s Teams focus on the needs of each vulnerable child by putting the child at the centre of everything they do. Working together and sharing information with government agencies, iwi, and NGOs they develop one assessment and one personalised plan for each child, and ensure it is carried out.

This enables all the right people to support the child at the right time – youth workers, iwi, doctors and nurses, teachers or social service providers, and avoids duplication.

Children’s Teams are also operating in Rotorua, Whangarei, Counties Manukau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti (Gisborne), Whanganui, Horowhenua/ Otaki, Marlborough and Christchurch.

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