Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


First child protection multi-agency centre celebrates 10 yrs

First child protection multi-agency centre celebrates a decade's work

November 27, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of Puawaitahi, Auckland City District's multi-agency, one-service centre for investigating alleged abuse of children and young people.

Police Minister Anne Tolley will attend celebrations at the centre at 99 Grafton Rd between 9am and 11am tomorrow, during which time there will be a blessing and unveiling of a plaque followed by speeches by the Minister, District Commander Mike Clement and Clinical Director Dr Patrick Kelly.

Aside from its investigative role, Puawaitahi was also established to ensure that victims of abuse - and their families - could easily access the best possible services to help with treatment after abuse.

The Centre houses specialist child abuse investigation professionals together under one roof, enabling them to work more closely and communicate more effectively with eachother to streamline their processes and reduce delays for clients.

The concept of Puawaitahi derived initially from the systems and structures of several successful overseas models, referred to as child or family advocacy centres, in the USA particularly.

The district's Child Protection Team, Starship National Children's Hospital and Child Youth and Family worked closely together - with the Auckland District Health Board, Starship Foundation and the wider Auckland community - to develop Puawaitahi.

It took four years to establish from the original concept to when its doors were opened. Since then it's dealt with 3,000 children and seen some of the best and worst of human nature.

Puawaitahi's five key components are:

1. Specialist child assessment/investigation services of Child Youth and Family
2. Health
3. Police
4. Mental health/therapeutic services
5. Prosecution.

As a result of bringing these components together, Puawaitahi:

• provides a 'one stop shop' for assessing and treating children and young people who are thought to have experienced abuse or neglect
• provides co-ordinated case management and reduces the risk that children and young people will 'fall through the gaps'
• improves inter-sectoral communication and co-operation
• reduces inefficiencies, duplications and omissions in service provision for abused and neglected children and young people
• improves linkages to community providers of therapeutic services.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Wine: 20% Of Marlborough Storage Tanks Damaged By Quake

An estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region, the country’s largest wine producing area, have been damaged by the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. More>>

ALSO:

ACC: Levy Recommendations For 2017 – 2019 Period

• For car owners, a 13% reduction in the average Motor Vehicle levy • For businesses, a 10% reduction in the average Work levy, and changes to workplace safety incentive products • For employees, due to an increase in claims volumes and costs, a 3% increase in the Earners’ levy. More>>

Women's Affairs: Government Accepts Recommendations On Pay Equity

The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Increase In Seasonal Workers For RSE

The current cap will be increased by 1,000 from 9,500 to 10,500 RSE workers for the 2016-17 season. Mr Woodhouse says the horticulture and viticulture industry is New Zealand’s fourth largest export industry, producing almost $5 billion in exports. More>>

ALSO:

Hurunui: Crown Irrigation Invests Up To $3.4m In North Canterbury

Crown Irrigation Investments will invest up to $3.4m in the Hurunui Water Project, an irrigation scheme that will be capable of irrigating up to 21,000 hectares on the south side of the Hurunui River in North Canterbury. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Great:Butterfly Eradication Success

The invasive pest great white butterfly has been eradicated from New Zealand in a world-first achievement, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Government’s Tax Cuts Fixation

Long before the earthquake hit, the dodginess of the government tax cuts programnme was evident in the language of its packaging. It is being touted as a “tax cuts and family care” package... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news