Stand is a charity providing specialist social services including therapeutic care and education to children aged 5 to 12.
For each child we seek to develop their capacity to live in healthy, hopeful relationships with others. On this depends all of the other necessary outcomes which contribute to their ability to enjoy life and reach their potential.
The children we work with are typically at significant risk of harm to their wellbeing as a consequence of the environment in which they are being raised and their own complex needs. They can be characterised as children whose early experiences have overly shamed or under-socialised them.
They are often “pathologised” and “blamed” for behaviour resulting from the impact of their early experience and become more and more isolated and traumatised as they grow up, the result of which is they form a view of themselves as unlovable and unworthy; a view of adults in their world as unavailable, neglectful, rejecting, and unresponsive, and a view of the world as unsafe. Why are we surprised they struggle with the world and how to operate in it?
If you know children with these kind of intense struggles then perhaps we can help. These children will need us to work together if they are to heal and recover. Their journey from isolation to connection will happen if we all work together with them and their family.
This provision of profoundly healing relationships is at the heart of the theoretical underpinning of Stand Children’s Services so expect when you refer to continue your involvement with the child working to your strengths as we work to ours.
Referrals for Community or School Social Work Services
The focus of our work is to protect children from further trauma, support their recovery and enhance their wellbeing. Three principles underpin our approach:
- Harm caused by relationships is best healed by relationships.
- That a child’s home and family, school and teachers, neighbourhood and friends all play a critical role in a child’s world and each system requires attention to improve a child’s quality of life.
- Transformative environments that provide therapeutic relationships and experiences of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity are quicker and more effective for a child’s journey of recovery.
These principles are fully supported by recent brain science discoveries and the evidence base of multisystemic therapy and the therapeutic community movement.
All of our services are centred on children aged 5 to 12 and their families. Children will typically have experienced Our services include home and school based social work services, a nationwide therapeutic care and education service for children and families, child and family mentoring, and respite services for caregivers, including grandparents and foster parents.
Our community and school social workers have many years of experience providing individualised support to children and families who have complex needs and family structures.
In all of our services, Stand serves the child and family as a supportive partner in the process of:
- assessing needs and strengths
- regaining hope and motivation
- developing insight and aspirations
- making plans, and
- achieving dreams
Access to our programmes is by referral based on assessed need from either our community or schools social work services. The exception to this is our KidzaCool Adventures.
Programmes provided by Stand Children’s Services include Family Development Programmes such as Te Puawai, Keeping the Magic Going, Stepping Out, Family Friends, and Family Return on Investment (Family ROI).
Programmes for children and young people include our Children’s Villages, KidzaCool Adventures, Seasons for Growth, Storm Birds, Journey of Hope, Kids with Incredible Potential (KIP), Healthy Heroes and a variety of other programmes that address the individual health, education and social needs of children.
We know that many of the children referred to us will not successfully recover without a planned and consistent therapeutic environment. They need to experience profound healing relationships, and see that everyone is working together to get to the bottom of their difficulties in the context of everyday life, school and community. Our Children’s Villages which is a nationwide service provides this transformative experience.
KidzaCool Adventures is also available nationwide. Not all of our other programmes are yet available nationwide. Enquire with your regional office to see what programmes are available in your region.
Social Services Referral form (Click to open or Right Click and Save-As to download)
KidzaCool Adventures holiday programme referral forms are on this page
Our Partners and Colleagues
Stand recognises that a child’s home and family, school and teachers, neighbourhood and friends all play a critical role in a child’s world. We know that each system requires attention to improve the child’s quality of life and that we cannot do this on our own.
Stand Children’s Services work in close partnership with the families, referral agents, child's schools, other professionals and agencies involved with the child and/or family. We also work within clear child protection guidelines and in close consultation with the Regional Child Protection Teams.
We provide an effective wraparound service by brokering and coordinating services with many agencies and providers across New Zealand, including:
- Child, Youth and Family
- Family and Community Services
- Ministry of Education
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Mainstream schools
- Special Education
- RTLB Network
- Public Health Nurses
- Child Paediatrics
- Iwi and other specialist and NGO providers
We have a highly valued and successful partnership with our Kahui Kaumatua who are gifted to us by Iwi throughout Aotearoa to provide us with invaluable guidance and understanding of Te Ao Maori.