Safer Whanau Project

The Safer Whanau project is a new Interagency Partnered Response to Family Violence on Auckland’s North Shore. This innovative service involves working in partnership with Te Puna Hauora and key social service providers to provide a wrap-around holistic whanau ora service.

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The Safer Whanau vision is to ensure the needs of those who have experienced family violence are met through wrap-around support and joined up responses which are effective, holistic, culturally appropriate and bring about safety and well-being /mauri ora. Priority is given to whanau with vulnerable infants, children and young people who have witnessed family violence. 

Clients, now more than ever, present with multiple issues as economic pressures compound whanau stresses and difficulties. Clients referred to Family Violence Services often require the involvement of Work and Income, Police, Health, Child Youth & Family, Ministry of Justice and multiple community agencies to effectively address all their needs.

The Safer Whanau vision is to ensure the needs of those who have experienced family violence are met through wrap-around support and joined up responses which are effective, holistic, culturally appropriate and bring about safety and well-being /mauri ora. Priority is given to whanau with vulnerable infants, children and young people who have witnessed family violence. 

Whanau Ora funding resources individual whanau plans — funding being allocated to each eligible client. The whanau is the centre of the work with services collaborating to support the whanau achieve their plan. This process has the potential to work with the wider whanau, hapu, iwi and community as a whole rather than with a focus on individuals and their perceived problems.

The project represents an interfacing of the collaborative Family Violence Prevention Network with a Partnered Response model of service provision. One Coordinator oversees both the Family Violence Network and Safer Whanau project and is involved in developing both these community resources simultaneously. The resources being inherently complementary of one another.

The Whanau Ora service itself is promoted through the Network, with members becoming involved as both referrers and key support workers. The communication and collaboration within the Network aims to achieve a better integration of services, reduce service fragmentation, ward against duplication and/or gaps in services and efficiently use resources to support whanau in meeting their objectives. It is anticipated that frontline services for whanau will become more effective as they are able to address needs holistically.

The support of wider whanau, hapu, iwi family or community will be drawn in by the service, supporting those with whom the family has already developed a level of trust. We will endeavour to provide whanau with culturally appropriate support, recognizing the importance of holistic health and wellbeing to achieve successful outcomes and on-going community engagement. The strategic partnership with Te Puna Hauora will endeavour to address identified current service gaps for Maori clients experiencing family violence on the North Shore.

The Safer Whanau Coordinator liaises closely with the CYF Differential Response Coordinator, the North Shore Strengthening Families Coordinators and works alongside key family support workers within the North Shore Family Violence Prevention Network. We will work with other key contacts from Social Services who have already developed a relationship and rapport with the whanau. Supporting those key support workers by assisting the coordination of referrals to all necessary services in line with the whanau plan that is developed with whanau.

For more info, please contact 021 0810 7516

The Safer Whanau Project is supported by the Ministry of Social Development.

Download the brochure (just click on the image).

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