Who we are
A World Strong with Children
To transform the lives of children and young people who are 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.
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.
Our success in working with children is based on our deep commitment to being child centred, family respectful, trauma aware, solution focused, and culturally competent in all that we do.
We enable New Zealand’s most vulnerable children to be seen and heard, in safety, and have their dreams and hopes nurtured.
Our strategic intent is to ensure lasting outcomes for all vulnerable children using a partnership approach with every organisation active and interested in making New Zealand a safer, healthier and happier place for our children.
An important goal of Stand Children’s Services service is to partner with families and community stakeholders to support, maintain and enhance our most vulnerable children’s lives in the homes, schools and communities they belong in. We believe that both families and local communities are strengthened in this process.
We know that some of the children referred to us today 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 heart of their difficulties in the context of everyday life, school and community. Our Children’s Villages provide this transformative experience.
Planned environments like our Children’s Villages are often referred to as ‘therapeutic communities’. In our Children’s Villages we strive to operate a model based on the principles of therapeutic community life where the care culture is intrinsically linked with the education culture. The provision of effective psycho-social support and therapeutic education requires that our community and residential social workers and teachers plan and work closely together in an integrated model of therapeutic intervention.
Stand Children's Services is committed to continuing to provide therapeutic residential care and education component of our service and we continue to work hard to ensure this model of therapeutic intervention is safe, effective and sustainable.
In 2012, Stand Children's Services provided more than 110,000 hours of social work in the community and had 76 social workers in schools around New Zealand. Over 4,700 children and their families were helped by Stand.