Tēna koutou katoa (Hello to you all)
The year is again flying by and we are almost into winter, with indications of many opportunities and changes in the wings.
For the first time, there is now a person at National Office, Oranga Tamariki that is in a position of strong influence for caregivers. At the end of last year, Trish Langridge was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) of Care. Trish’s position ensures that there is a bigger focus on the needs of caregivers. This is important because you are the ones that have the biggest impact on tamariki (children) and young people (rangitahi) in care. We know that tamariki (children) who have developmental trauma need a secure base so that they are able to heal and learn. That is why it is so important that you, the caregivers have the support and training to understand what is behind the behaviour and to have the strategies so you know what to do.
We have been waiting a long time for changes for caregivers, so that you are recognised, valued and supported in your role. We hope that this year we will now begin to see those changes.
On another note – thanks to a generous donor we are able to provide our Foundation for Attachment programme (Therapeutic Parenting) to a group of caregivers in the Wellington region. Not only will this group of caregivers be provided with training, but we will continue to support them for a further six months after the training so they can integrate what they have learnt into their homes for the children and young people they care for.
We believe that this will make a real difference to how we provide care and something we have been working towards for a number of years. This is one small step to delivering better support and training to caregivers and we hope it can be replicated throughout the country.
Nga mihi (Kind regards)
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