Better Public Services Result 4 - Case Study: Corrections and Child, Youth and Family working together
Auckland’s Child, Youth and Family and Corrections practice leaders
Child, Youth and Family works with families to ensure a child or young person is safe within their own whanau. One harmful situation a family can face is a repeat offender with access to a child or young person. The question is - how do we ensure the child is kept safe? How do families protect the child or young person from the offender?
One way is ensuring we’re working closely with our partner agencies. In Auckland, Child, Youth and Family and Corrections have been working hard to strengthen their relationship, bringing staff together through a series of meetings aimed at exploring ways they can work together more closely at a local level.
For example, practice leaders from both agencies have been meeting to share examples of what’s working well and where improvements could be made.
At one of the meetings, Gina McTernan, Mangere practice leader, talked about the benefits in working together with their Corrections colleagues; particularly around safety planning. They now regularly consider a Correction’s check as part of their Pathways meetings.
Papakura site talked about inviting local Corrections practice leaders to their recent leadership team meeting. “We discussed two clients in common which was really helpful and we discussed ways we can work together,” says practice leader, Foulis Foster.
“I’ve taken this back to my team” says the Corrections practice leader, “it’s really helped them with understanding more about your processes and timeframes.”
Child, Youth and Family’s Principal Advisor , Nicolette Dickson and Corrections Regional High Risk Advisor, Stuart Harris also attended one of the meetings and shared with the group the engagement being mirrored at a Regional level. “The first step was determining what’s in common, where our cross over is and what do we need to share” says Nicolette.
“We started with youth offenders” says Stuart, “it came to light for a lot of our staff that pre-corrections history and therapies can be quite vast and this can change the way we manage them as adult offenders. We also soon realised we have a lot more people of interest to us both - the more you talk the more you find you have in common.”
Example case study
Following one of the practice leaders’ meetings, Rachel Griffin from the Corrections Regional Office received a phone call from a social worker who was concerned about a woman giving birth.
The woman’s mother had said her daughter’s partner has been aggressive and she was worried about her daughter and the baby returning home. With this information Rachel checked the system and found the man who, under his conditions, could not be in home. She passed this onto the local corrections office who were able to move quickly on this information.