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The Child and Youth Workstream was disestablished in November 2023. The activity of the group has been transitioned to the Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Starting Well stream.

The Child and Youth Workstream (CYWS) aims to improve the mental and physical health of children and young people in Canterbury from before birth to the transition to adulthood.

The Workstream has three work groups, which meet separately - First 1000 days, Tamariki (children) and Rangatahi (youth – young adults). There are also forums held for all group members and the wider network to come together. 

The mahi (work) of each group includes:

  • working with families / whānau, the community and other agencies to lead the development of health and social services that achieve equity of health outcomes;
  • enabling the sharing of ideas and information on the health needs of pēpē (babies), tamariki and rangatahi;
  • identifying emerging issues and areas of need that will benefit from networking / transformational change / redesign of how services are provided. 
  • assessing areas of need to ensure the work group focusses resources on progressing complex changes that offer the greatest value in health outcomes, integration of services and /or increased efficiencies.

This workstream is a key point of integration between health, justice, education and social services with membership from across these perspectives.

Latest News

Right Service Right Time update

13 Jul, 2021 | Return|

Right Service Right Time has undergone a co-design process to develop a new pathway which replaces the Children’s Team and supports tamariki, rangitahi and whānau that present with multiple issues and require an integrated response from more than one service/provider.

There has been consultation and feedback from stakeholders across the region to help develop an illustrated pathway for Te Whiri Ora. Some of the areas the group is endeavouring to respond to are:

  • Prioritising an equitable and timely response for Māori and Pasifika tamariki and whānau to address disparities.
  • Designing a response which places tamariki, rangitahi and whānau in the centre and supports them to have a strong voice in identifying their hopes and support needs.
  • Creating an environment where there is transparency with whānau regarding when, how and with whom their information is being shared or discussed.
  • Removing barriers to a coordinated response by shifting away from criteria, thresholds and by using everyday language.
  • Responding to the varied and unique needs identified across the Canterbury region, including Ashburton, Selwyn, Waimakariri and Hurunui as well as Christchurch City.

Kate Walkinshaw from Family Works - Presbyterian Support and Aroha Wetere, from Purapura Whetu have been appointed to share the Clinical Lead position for the approach and will be taking opportunities to engage and introduce themselves to groups and teams across the sector.

The process of identifying host agencies for the Kaiwhiri/Co-ordinator positions is underway and these roles will be shared across Waipuna St John of God, Presbyterian Support, Barnardos and Purapura Whetu.  The model will include some designated resource in each of Ashburton and North Canterbury in response to community voices. 

The group is currently in the process of designing a website which will include a Request for Service form as well as other information about the pathway and approach for professionals and whānau.

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Useful resources

Work Plan 2021-22

For Child and Youth Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan

Wellbeing strategy

Outlines what children and young people want and need for a good life.

Te Whiri Ora

A service supporting agencies to work with whānau to achieve aspirations.

Life-skills=work-ready skills

Students showcasing their life-skills and relevance to the world of work.