Anglican Care Waiapu has a network of Family Services that are located in their own centres, or attached to Waiapu Kids Early Childhood Centre. Our 2013 review crystallised the understanding that locally based Family Services providing high quality social work, counselling and family support services were central to a successful child and family focused strategy.
We consequently have a wide range of community social services which are committed to not only meeting the needs of individuals and whanau.
Although many children still face uncertain and fragile futures, family services are achieving positive outcomes. We have enhanced our clinical oversight in the field of social work with the appointment of a practice leader of social work. This is a new role and will enhance our focus on developing quality services to meet the needs of children and families.
Our Child and Family Services have grown from a community need identified by a local parish, to an integral part of community support throughout the diocese. We have over 50 people actively involved in our work as we provide a range of programmes in a range of settings.
We work with anyone who wants our support and we work alongside other service agencies in our communities.
Our underlying principles are those of empowerment, inclusiveness and strength based practice, believing our role is to use our expertise while respectfully walking alongside those in need.
We have five Family Services offices across the diocese. We also have three whanau aroha workers (social work) employed at our Waiapu Kids Early Education Centres. These are Waiapu Kids Merivale Whanau Aroha (Tauranga), St. Francis Whanau Aroha (Rotorua) and Te Hapara Whanau Aroha (Gisborne).