Te Pou offices are open across the country. However, we encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

Te Pou offices are open across the country. However, we encourage you to contact our team by email or phone in the first instance - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

Supporting parents, healthy children

A Ministry of Health guideline for all mental health and addiction services was released in September 2015.

The guideline – Supporting Parents, Healthy Children – sets expectations and provides recommendations for services engaging with children, family and whānau. It outlines a five-year phased implementation process across organisational, service and practice levels with both essential and best practice elements. For many services this will require a paradigm shift from the individualised approach that is often the focus.

The guideline focusses on strengths, and promotes and protects the wellbeing and rights of children. It promotes:

  • early intervention in the lives of children to support resilience
  • offering evidenced based and culturally appropriate ways of working
  • across sector partnerships to meet the needs of children and their families and whānau.

Download Supporting Parents, Healthy Children from the Ministry of Health website

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