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ASK Strengthening Families - What is it?

Strengthening Families is about the coordination of a process for families, government agencies and non-government organisations(NGOs) working together to improve life outcomes for families, children and young people.  These outcomes include:

  • Better access to health and education
  • Better job prospects for young people
  • Improved ability to form positive relationships
  • Stronger families/whanau
  • Greater knowledge of available services

The approach recognises:

  • Families have a profound impact on outcomes for their children.
  • A collaborative approach among agencies and across the sectors involved with families is more effective for families than unilateral, separate interventions.
  • Early intervention in the life of a problem and in the life of a child creates lasting changes.
  • Families/whanau sometimes need support to help family members reach their full potential.

The key messages underpinning Strengthening Families include:

  • Prevention is better than cure.
  • Early intervention is better than crisis intervention.
  • Resilient parents.
  • Provide local solutions to local problems.
  • Find solutions through partnerships.
  • Develop potential - build capacity.


  • Voluntary for families/whanau
  • Strengths-based
  • Outcomes-focused
  • Respectful of tikanga Maori and cultural diversity
  • Collaborative - families, agencies and communities working together


Strengthening Families - Who can use it?

Any agency can refer a family to Strengthening Families.  Families/whanau can also self-refer.

Families direct the process.  They determine what information is shared and which agencies attend.  At the initial meeting, the family/whanau talks about its priorities and the agencies explain how they can assist.

The family/whanau and agencies then work together to develop an action plan that reflects the family's priorities and includes a timeframe for action.

Periodic review meetings are held to ensure the action plan is working.


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Incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 on the 12th day of June 1996 and changed its name to Kapiti Safer Community Trust on the 5th day of December 2002 and changed its name to A Safe Kapiti on the 2nd day of September 2014.
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