Te Pā Harakeke – Tairāwhiti Children’s Team

Through the experience of coordinating children’s teams to better respond to tamariki in need, Te Pā Harakeke describes a way of working underpinned by principles and values that have been informed by whānau in this community.

An effective children’s team is a range of services and agencies providing a child centred, whānau-led approach. A children’s team is led by a professional, identified by whānau, who becomes the key contact and coordinates the other professionals children and whānau need to reach their goals.

The lead also coordinates a response through the workforce described under the strategic intent of Te Pā Harakeke.

“There is one team, one assessment and one plan. There is a single point of entry with a seamless journey that is driven by the child and whānau. Everyone’s got ownership, tamariki first, whānau first”.

The role for Manaaki Tairāwhiti is to lead that strategic intent by maintaining a commitment to a child-centred, whānau-led lens, enabling effective leadership and developing a workforce that contributes to ensuring all tamariki thrive, achieve and belong, and recognising that all tamariki need to be cradled within whānau. (Te Pā Harakeke Strategic Plan 2015-2020).

Tamariki First Whānau First

No Excuses Zero Tolerance

  • Our measures, policies and practices meet the needs of children and whānau.
  • We follow up and follow through.
  • We act to protect and prevent further harm.
  • We challenge ourselves to improve outcomes.

Mokopuna Ora  Whānau Ora

  • Driven by the child and whānau.
  • Whānau dreams, aspirations and strengths are the starting point.
  • Collective decision making.
  • High trust, be open, be honest.
  • The right person in the right place at the right time.

Everyone’s Got Ownership

One Team, One Assessment, One Plan

  • Single point of entry with a seamless journey.
  • Collective responsibility, collective decisions, a joined-up approach.
  • Shared expertise, shared information, shared platforms, shared accountability.
  • Common language and a universal assessment tool.
  • Everyone at the table with a child-centred, whānau-centred lens.

We will know we are succeeding when...

  • Tamariki and whānau are culturally aware and connected.
  • Tamariki have a voice and are confident to speak freely with strong whānau engagement and support.
  • Whānau identify their aspirations and solutions. Whānau are accountable for whānau.
  • Whānau have hope, mana and structure.
  • Whānau have purpose and a vision for the future.
  • Whakapapa and whānaungatanga are utilised as important support mechanisms in times of stress.
  • Kaimahi are focused on the best outcomes for whānau.
  • Tamariki and whānau are active in planning and identifying solutions.
  • Kindness compassion and manaaki is demonstrated at all times.
  • Whānau engage with Government when and where they need to.