Uniting for a Common Purpose: The Oranga Tamariki Action Plan
In its inaugural year, the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan has already made a significant impact, bringing together various children’s agencies to prioritize the welfare of those in greatest need. Chief Executives from Oranga Tamariki, the Police, and the Ministries of Education, Social Development, Health, and Justice have collaborated to achieve better outcomes for children and young people in care.
A Collaborative Effort: Contributions from Diverse Agencies
Beyond children’s agencies, several others, including the Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, have contributed to this collective endeavor. Kelvin Davis, a strong advocate for the approach, emphasized the importance of working together with the community to provide comprehensive support, thereby preventing children from entering state care.
Tangible Impacts: Positive Outcomes in Families’ Lives
The Oranga Tamariki Action Plan has yielded tangible results, enhancing the lives of families in various ways. For instance, the collaboration between Oranga Tamariki and Kāinga Ora has increased the availability of homes for disabled children in need of intensive support. Furthermore, a new data system developed jointly by Te Whatu Ora and Oranga Tamariki has facilitated smooth healthcare transitions for children in Oranga Tamariki residences.
Enhancing Support: Partnerships Lead to Notable Initiatives
The partnership between agencies has sparked noteworthy initiatives, such as the introduction of senior social worker liaison roles at Starship’s acute mental health unit. Following a successful trial, these roles will also be introduced in Wellington and Canterbury.
Empowering Frontline Workers: A Long-Awaited Approach
Frontline social workers have expressed long-standing support for this collaborative approach, and Minister Kelvin Davis acknowledged the fulfillment of their aspirations. While the foundations are now in place, Davis emphasized that the work has just begun, and he looks forward to rapid progress in the days ahead.