Community Sector

Working in the community sector to support children and whanau often means that organisations are at the heart of recognising and responding to concerns of abuse and neglect. Working from a child-centred whanau-focussed perspective means that strengths-based practice promotes a supportive approach, while not ignoring the significant concerns that may be present for the safety and well-being of the children.

Whether working in a social service involved in family support, community work, youth mentoring, drug and alcohol addictions, family violence / family harm, the importance of recognising and responding to child abuse and neglect is essential.

All staff working with vulnerable children and their whanau should have child protection training, and be support in their organisation with robust policies and procedures that promote a culture of child protection.