Early intervention support and vulnerable families and whānau

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21 Sep 2011
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This paper reports on the Families Commission’s work on early intervention with a focus on early intervention and support for vulnerable families and whānau.

Families and whānau need different levels and intensity of intervention or support at different times as their circumstances change. Their needs are likely to increase at transition points in their lives, and may be met by community-based, universal, targeted or intensive remedial services. Vulnerable families and whānau often experience problems that can reduce their capacity to function effectively. Many of these issues will be intergenerational and occur across various parts or ‘branches’ of the family and can impact on child development and wellbeing outcomes.

This report was prepared by Alison Gray, Gray Matter Ltd.

The Families Commission paper, Early intervention support and vulnerable families and whānau, forms part of the Commission’s work on service provision for families and whānau which includes;  Social Services in Masterton; Investing in the Early Years, and Principles of what works for early intervention.

Last update: 18 Jun 2015