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Awhi Mai Awhi Atu - Jan 2013


Newsletter from Child, Youth and Family

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Welcome to the new year everyone. I hope you had a relaxing break, got lots of sun, and feel refreshed and energised for the year ahead. For us, 2013 will see the consolidation of year one of our strategic plan… Read more

KIDS IN CARE DELIGHT IN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

The weeks leading into Christmas saw our staff busy planning, teaming up with local community, wrapping presents, and preparing amazing feasts and activities in honour of our kids in care and their caregivers.… Read more

GIVING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE A VOICE

“MY NAME IS JOANNA AND I AM IMPORTANT.”
This is the reply that came from a young girl in care when asked what she would like to say to her social worker.… Read more

CHILDREN'S ACTION PLAN BRINGS GOOD THINGS FOR KIDS IN CARE

The Strategy for Children and Young People in Care, one piece of the Children’s Action Plan puzzle, does a very important thing ... “It gives our children in care the same chance in life as other kiwi kids.”… Read more

Also in this issue:

Gateway Assessments are helping kids get the services and support they need

Insights from young people via zumba, jewellery and korero

Children's Day is just around the corner


New Year Honours for caregiver couple


In brief:

Latest Child, Youth and Family statistics

'Working Together' child protection workshops

What's new on our Practice Centre

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