VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai – a new service for young people in care.

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What is VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai?

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service being set up in partnership with care experienced children and young people, four philanthropic funders (The Tindall Foundation, Foundation North, Todd Foundation and Vodafone Foundation), Government through the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and NGOs such as Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services and Dingwall Trust.

The service is being set up as a Non-Government Organisation (charitable trust) and will be formally established on 1 April 2017.

Who is the service for?

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is a service for care experienced children and young people in New Zealand aged between 0 and 25-years-old.

What will VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai do?

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai will connect children and young people in care to build a positive care identity, advocate with them and influence the development of services to ensure their individual and collective rights are upheld.

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai has the following core features:

  • The voice of the child or young person at the centre
  • A whole of life approach (services for all children and young people aged 0 to 25)
  • A central relationship with a ‘trusted person’ chosen by the child or young person
  • A collaborative advocacy approach
  • A care-experienced community of support. The service will also be uniquely positioned to provide real time qualitative feedback, so that services can understand whether the intent of the care system is being realised in the lived experiences of children and young people in care.

When will the service begin?

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai will be formally established on 1 April 2017. It will operate through a national centre in Auckland, supported by a social media platform and a network of local partners and communities.

You can find out more from the Ministry of Social Development site here.

Listen to Brenda Pillott of Social Service Providers Aotearoa Children Family Community Inc talk about the service here.

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