Family and Community Services contributes to the following high level outcomes as mentioned in the Ministry of Social Development's Statement of Intent 2009-2012.
- For children and young people: Giving children the best start in life
- For families and whānau: Supporting families and whānau to be safe and resilient
- For communities, hapū and iwi: Strengthening our communities
Our strategic plan sets out how Family and Community Services will contribute to these government outcomes and key areas.
- Integrated prevention and early intervention framework
- Implement the Early Intervention Strategy
- Make positive parenting the norm
- Change attitudes and behaviours towards family violence and family relationships
- Lead the development of a network of high quality social services
Outcomes for families
The overarching outcome to bring to life the moemoeā is:
Families are strong and richly connected with their communities. They are able to support their members' wellbeing, identity, participation in society and interdependence.
There are other contributing outcomes covering areas such as material wellbeing and families being free from violence.
The rationale for the outcomes is contained in the Families Strategic Framework Intervention Logic.
The Families Strategic Framework and Priorities sets out a programme of action. Its four central objectives are to:
- Stimulate awareness, dialogue, thinking and action on issues central to effective family functioning
- Invest in family strengths and community capacity
- Identify and support families with needs which make them vulnerable.
- Strengthen the service environment to deliver more effective responses to family needs.