Staying at a care and protection residence

A care and protection residence is a safe and secure place where children and young people will go if they are in our care and can’t live in the community for a while.

What is a care and protection residence?

This is a safe and secure place where children and young people will go if they are in our care and can’t live in the community for a while.

They might stay at a residence if

  • there are worries about the child or young person’s safety
  • their actions are putting themselves at risk
  • or they are putting others around them at risk.

Children have their own bedrooms, but areas like the living room and dining room are shared. There is also a school building, a gym and areas for sports and outdoor activities.

Trained staff work with the kids in running programmes, support, mentoring and providing extra care if a young person is at risk.

"I learnt heaps at the residence, and I’ve got hopes and dreams for the future now."  Young person

Day to day life at the residence

While a young person is at the residence we will make sure they get all the things they need like meals and clothing. They will also:

  • go to school everyday
  • get their own room
  • get their own plan to sort out any social, health and school needs they have
  • get exercise
  • learn life skills and other skills like art, music, kapa haka and sports
  • and we’ll make sure they have fun as well!

We will work with the child’s social worker, family and whānau while they are staying with us, and make sure the child has somewhere safe to go when they leave.

"It was awesome to have everyone around me and wanting to help me." Young person

What does 'care and protection' mean?

When we say that a child or young person is staying with us for ‘care and protection’ it means that there have been worries for their safety or care. A child or young person will come to stay with us to make sure they are safe from harm and well cared for.

Where are the residences?

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Where are the residences?

We want to make sure children are kept as close to their family as possible. Here are the ‘care and protection’ residences in New Zealand

  • Whakatakapokai in South Auckland and can have up to 20 young people.
  • Epuni is in Lower Hutt near Wellington and has up to 10 young people. 
  • Te Oranga is in Christchurch and can have up to 10 young people.
  • Puketai is in Dunedin and can have up to 8 young people.