The Wellbeing Budget

Improving child wellbeing

Initiatives: Breaking the cycle for children in state care

Community Service Providers: Supporting Social Services for Children

$26.7 million operating
This initiative aims to support the sustainability and effectiveness of non-government organisation (NGO) social service providers contracted by Oranga Tamariki. It will address particular challenges in recruiting and retaining staff with the skills required to work effectively with high risk children, young people and families.

Corporate Cost Pressures for Oranga Tamariki

$6 million operating
This initiative aims to maintain current programmes and services provided to children by providing for increasing costs associated with shared services, insurance and office rental cost increases.

Improving Outcomes for Māori Children and Young People Within the Oranga Tamariki System

$25 million operating
$0.1 million capital

This initiative will focus on building strategic partnerships to enable iwi and Māori groups to be actively involved in meeting the needs of Māori children, young people, and their whānau; and scaling up a core workforce of specialist Māori roles to better meet the needs of Māori children and young people.

Intensive Intervention: Supporting Children and Young People at Risk of Harm to be Safe at Home with Their Families and Whānau

$31.6 million operating
$1.6 million capital

This initiative aims to create a new Intensive Intervention service that uses a highly skilled ‘family/whānau intensive support worker' role to work with families and whānau.

Investment in Children: Demand Cost Pressures for Oranga Tamariki

$70.4 million operating
This initiative aims to maintain current outcomes by providing funding to meet the increasing costs of services that are offered to meet the emotional and physical needs of children in care.

Remuneration Cost Pressures for Oranga Tamariki

$52.9 million operating
This initiative aims to maintain current outcomes by providing for increased remuneration costs associated with staff in line with employment agreements.

State Care for Children and Young People: Improving Outcomes Through Independent Monitoring

$19 million operating
$8.8 million capital

This initiative aims to increase confidence in the State care system and improve the current and intergenerational wellbeing of children, young people, their whanau and caregivers; build resilience in the care system; and support the voice of children, young people, their whanau and caregivers to be heard in the delivery of services. This will be done by providing funding to establish an independent monitor for the State care system for children and youth.

Supporting Service Delivery: Client Access to Information

$12.6 million operating This initiative aims to ensure that Oranga Tamariki can continue to ensure individuals have access to information about themselves.

Transforming the Care System to Improve the Safety and Wellbeing of Children and Young People in Care

$450 million operating
$101.8 million capital

This initiative aims to transform the care system by building frontline capacity and capability to provide care and support for children and young people in care and their families, whānau and caregivers and community environments suited to our new way of working; delivering high-quality services and support that address children's and young people's individual needs; finding and retaining high-quality caregivers, and supporting them to provide safe, stable, loving homes for children and young people in their care; building placement capacity for very high needs children and young people, whose therapeutic needs cannot be met in whānau care or traditional foster care environments.

Transforming Our Response to Children and Young People at Risk of Harm

$91.5 million operating
This initiative aims to allow Oranga Tamariki to make essential preparatory changes to meet legislative requirements to transform the Care system, establish the Transition Support Service, and introduce new information sharing arrangements before 1 July 2019.

Transition Support Service: Improving the Wellbeing Outcomes of Young People Leaving Care or Youth Justice

$136.9 million operating
$2.5 million capital

This initiative aims to provide young people leaving care or youth justice with a more gradual and supported transition into adulthood, as required under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. This will be achieved through providing funding for a relationship-based service that will support young people to prepare for transition, respond to their needs as they leave, and help them gain their independence. It will provide advice and assistance, after-hours support, and broker services and housing supports.

Youth Justice: Investment in Youth Justice Services to Manage Increased Volumes and Reduce Young People's Re-Offending

$140 million operating
$72 million capital

This initiative aims to enhance the wellbeing of young people in the Youth Justice system and reduce reoffending, in line with the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. This will be achieved through providing funding to establish and staff small, community-based facilities to manage the increased volume of young people requiring custodial services, following the legislative requirement to include 17-year-olds in the youth justice system from 1 July 2019; provide education assessments and education provision to young people in youth justice residences; and include 17-year-olds in supported bail initiatives to prevent young people from entering custody.

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