South Otago Services

Working from Waihola to Clinton, our South Otago, Child and Family Support Service team is overseen by a Team-Leader and three experienced Social Workers.  

We also have someone who co-ordinates the Strengthening Families process organising meetings when multiple agencies are involved with a family, getting everyone in the room at the same time so the family only has to tell its story once. 


Home-based Family Support

Our Home-based Family Support service involves working with parents/caregivers who want to develop and strengthen their parenting skills and confidence so that their children are able to reach their full potential.

Our social workers visit families in their own homes to:

  • Support child development, safety and well-being
  • Develop confidence in parenting skills and child management
  • Increase parent’s understanding of their children’s needs
  • Build on strengths and develop self-confidence
  • Link parents into community and support networks

Positive Parenting Programme

Within our home-based family support programme we can deliver the Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme, tailored to your family’s needs over a ten week period.

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioural and emotional problems in children. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realise their potential.

Please see the Triple P site for more information

Family-Centred Service

A free home-based service which assists families/whanau who have been affected by whanau/family violence. This service is driven by the family/whanau, our role is to support the whanau/family to move towards their dreams and aspirations. We work with the family to begin the process of developing a whanau/family plan, including developing a safety plan together. We identify whanau/family strengths and strengthen or build relationships within the whanau/family and other networks the family is in.

Strengthening Families

We co-ordinate Strengthening Families. This is a co-ordinated community approach that helps families reach their potential. At the heart of the Strengthening Families process is a family/whanau having trouble coping with life’s challenges. It is a family/whanau with strengths, but it also has issues that require the involvement of multiple agencies. Strengthening Families brings together to family and all the agencies that have a part to play in helping the family/whanau achieve its desired outcomes.
Please see the Strengthening Families website for more information.

Restorative Justice

A community-based justice process that offers victims of a crime an opportunity to participate in addressing the harm done, and what can be done realistically by the offender to put things right. All referrals are received through the Justice system.

For more information please see the South Otago Brochure

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