Family/whānau agreements

Child Youth and Family brings together extended family or whānau to talk about any problems, and come up with solutions.

Family worries? 

If a family is having some worries or difficulties in caring for their child, they might just need some help to get back on the right path. We will bring them together with their extended family or whānau to talk about any problems, and come up with solutions.

Then together we will be able to make a plan called a ‘family/whānau agreement’, so that we can all do our best for their child.

Who is the agreement between?

The family/whānau agreement is between

  • the family and whānau
  • Child, Youth and Family.

It is about how the concerns for their child will be addressed, who will do what, and how we will support them.  Other people, like counsellors in the community, might also be part of the plan.

Everyone involved agrees to do their part to help the child.

What will be in the agreement?

The kind of things that will be in the written agreement include:

  • the goals for the child
  • what each one of us will do to make this happen
  • the kind of support the family will get
  • services and people that will support the family.

What happens next?

The agreement can last for up to three months. When we are coming to the end of that time, we will take a look at the agreement and see how we are getting on with meeting the goals for the child. Then we will work with the family to decide what happens next.