About

Creating Environments for Positive Change

It is our vision that:

all children will live in homes with whānau/family who cherish them, keep them safe and nurture their potential.

Home & Family/Te Whare Manaaki Tangata has been in Christchurch for over 120 years. Originally known as ‘The Society for the Protection of Women and Children’, it has consistently adapted to meet the needs of the community, while working closely with children and families affected by family violence and poverty.

Today we provide a parenting programme, which helps keep families together by giving parents skills in safe, effective and nurturing parenting. It is a residential programme which runs 24/7, 365 days a year and typically families stay for two months, although there is no time limit. Very often we work with families where out of home placements are being considered for the children. Through a collaboration with Battered Women’s Trust, we also offer a targeted intervention to support parents re-engaging with parenting and attachment through a residential or community-based programme. Research shows children are better off in the care of their parents; Home & Family is committed to keeping children in the care of their parents wherever possible.

We also offer counselling for all ages, but specialise in work with children, offering play therapy for children as young as three.  57% of our referrals are for children and youth, with abuse and family violence being our most common referral reason. Most of our clients come from lower socio-economic backgrounds and would not be able to afford counselling elsewhere and our most frequent referral reason across all age groups is abuse and/or family violence.

Lastly our Refocus programme offers a child-focused intervention, which aims to break cycles that can result in young people entering the youth justice system. The programme is a holistic service which recognises how the ’bigger picture’ contributes to young individuals becoming offenders and works with the whole whānau for up to five years. It is run by Kevin, Rudolph & Hunia. The team’s ability to work alongside whānau who live with inter-generational complexity is widely valued within our community.

Each of the services we provide is unique, but take a vital place in the landscape of social services available in Canterbury.