Lower North News – August 2017

Lower North RC
John Collett
04 282 0437 or
027 501 0394

Kia ora koutou

Time to fight the winter blues by thinking ahead to the new term. I’m hoping to get to see people when I’m out and about delivering training. We’re running evening sessions in Lower Hutt to encourage those who can’t make it during the day or who work to attend. There are also day workshops in Palmerston, Porirua and Masterton.

It is great to see our regional closed Facebook page getting more use from our caregiver members. The posts spark a bit of thinking and also it is great to see people posting questions or a need of support. Remember I’m here, Fostering Kids NZ, is here and your local group/Association, which is run by your peers, is also here for you.

Association Information

Manawatu Foster Care Association recently held a session where a guest speaker from Oranga Tamariki came to discuss proposed initiatives to support caregivers.  These included piloting a 24/7 caregivers support hot line where operators will be available at all times, with a supervisor as well. Any calls received will be referred back to the child’s social worker and the caregiver social worker.

Porirua, Kapiti, Wellington, Wairarapa and Tararua have all had meetings over the last few weeks.

Get in touch with your Key Contacts for information or news on when the next meeting is happening in your area! For contact details of the Key Contact in your area please click here.


Please check out our website for all the Term three training dates, locations and to register by clicking on this link.

Safety and Prevention

Ever thought about how to best look after yourself and children in your care so that the whole family can experience a positive and safe time together? This course includes a look at safety issues and planning, the allegations process, identifying risks, setting the right house/family boundaries – all good practical stuff to help you as a caregiver.

Thursday 3rd August and Thursday 10th August 17 – Safety and Prevention – Petone Baptist Church, Buick Street, Lower Hutt – Participants would need to attend both sessions to complete the course. They run from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

Child Development

A really helpful course that looks at the life stages children and young people go through, alongside the effects of being placed in care. The new information on how the brain develops and what your care does to give it and the child the best start in life. It also shares ideas on how we can promote positive, healthy areas of a child’s life and inside and outside ages and what this means.

Wednesday 23rd August 17 – Child Development – 339 Albert Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North from 9:00am–3:30pm.

Legal Issues

This session looks at how our society plans, cares for and protects children through law, policy and practice. You will look at the types of care families can provide, reflect on issues like guardianship and custody. Know your legal responsibility depending on what type of caregiver you have been approved as. We cover the many laws that affect children, families and caregivers. An important and very interesting course!

Wednesday 30th August 17 – Legal Issues – City Fitness Building, Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua – I’ll be a learner on this course, so it will be great to share the learning with you while my colleague Barbara imparts her knowledge.

  • What do you know about Maltreatment in New Zealand?
  • What are the effects of family violence on children in care?
  • Would you like to learn ways to break the cycle and help support and heal the child or young person that has experienced trauma?

To find out about these and more come along to a training near you. Here is the Link to our training calendar.

Te Rito Training

There was an outstanding response to our recent advertisement of the Te Rito Bicultural Competency E-Learning Modules. If you registered for this, by now you should have received your access to begin this training. If you haven’t received anything, please contact Christine at caregivertraining@nullfosteringkids.org.nz

We are aware a few people have been experiencing problems with their access or it not saying they have completed the modules. The training organisation, is looking into this and hopes to have it rectified soon. If you continue to experience issues, please contact us so we can pass on your details.


Noho ora mai

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