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How Aatea works
The Aatea approach is a way of working hand in hand with families and whānau to create safer lives for tamariki. It’s not another service, but it’s a different approach. Aatea’s approach is a way of working to bring together existing services provided by agencies, NGOs, iwi, community members and other organisations to get tamariki and whānau the support that they need. There is a focus on agencies working together and sharing information to reduce duplication and improve outcomes for tamariki. Aatea recognises that tamariki needs are multi-faceted and seek to address this through the team approach that acknowledges that no single agency alone can protect children.
- Focus on the tamariki
- Is led by the child and their whānau, steered by the lead professional and supported by a network of practitioners and professionals who are all working to the same plan.
- Get the right people working together.
- Include frontline professionals from health, education, justice, welfare and social services (both government and NGOs).
- Assign a lead professional who brings together other professionals and practitioners to form a Child Action Network.
- Complete an assessment of the child’s needs and develop a plan that supports each child using the services and informal supports within the local community.
- Are responsible for keeping the plan on track.
- Are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of each child in the team.
Who does Aatea help?
We work with tamariki and rangatahi up to 18 years old, who are at significant risk of harm to their wellbeing. This could be now or in the future.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- children living in homes where family violence is present
- children who have difficulty attending school or engaging when present
- children with social or behavioural problems
- children with unaddressed health issues
- whānau struggling with social or economic issues who have dependent children
- whānau with dependent children where parenting capacity needs to be strengthened
- whānau with dependent children for whom a statutory intervention may be required if concerns and risk factors are not addressed.
What geographical location does Aatea cover?
Aatea covers Homai/Clendon, Manurewa, Papakura and Takanini areas.
Families taking the lead
Importantly, families must agree to be part of this approach. The child and their whānau are then supported to lead the change to improve their wellbeing.
One team working together!
By working across sectors and organisations we can make sure the child gets the support they need