Whānau Safety

Our work in the family violence sector aims to ensure that the voices of children and young people impacted by family/whānau violence are heard and their needs met.

We contribute to the Integrated Safety Response (ISR) though the Canterbury Whānau Safety Services partnership (CWSS). We have kaimahi and kaiarahi who support children, young people and their families/whānau towards living free from violence.

We are also contributors to the development of Whānau Resilience, a long-term support programme with a vision of violence free families/whānau throughout Aotearoa.

ISR is a multi-agency intervention designed to ensure the immediate safety of victims and children, and to work with perpetrators to prevent further violence.

ISR takes a whole-of-family and whānau approach that puts the risk and needs of family and whānau at the centre.

The operational delivery of ISR is hosted by Police as part of the broader Government work on family violence and sexual violence.

Key features of ISR include dedicated staff, funded specialist services for victims and perpetrators, daily risk assessment and triage, family safety plans, an electronic case management system, and an intensive case management approach to collectively work with high-risk families.