Child abuse: Directory for information and support
Child abuse: Directory for information and support
A listing of organisations, resources, helplines and counselling services aimed at preventing harm to children in New Zealand, or which can offer help when family violence or abuse has occurred.
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) www.acc.co.nz
ACC provides ACC-approved counsellors for children who have been sexually abused. ACC can help with some of the costs of counselling. You can find registered counsellors by region, including ACC-approved sexual abuse counsellors, at the ACC website. You can also phone your local ACC office to ask about counsellors. See the ACC website for ACC contact details.
Barnardos www.barnardos.org.nz 0800 22 76 27 367
Barnardos provides child and family services in communities around New Zealand. Services vary from area to area but may include centre-based and home-based childcare and parenting programmes. Barnardos also runs children's supervised contact services. Check the website to see which services are available in your area. Call 0800 BARNARDOS (0800 22 76 27 367).
Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) www.cab.org.nz 0800 36 72 22
CAB provides free, confidential information and advice to anyone about any query or problem. You can contact your local CAB for details of local crisis counselling services, as these differ from centre to centre. There is also a CAB Multi-lingual Information Service. Call free on 0800 FOR CAB (0800 36 72 22).
Child, Youth and Family Services (CYF) www.cyf.govt.nz 0508 326 459
CYF works with families to protect children and young people and promote the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. CYF also works to ensure that children in need are secure and cared for, and to help families maintain and strengthen their child-rearing role. CYF is the government agency that has legal powers to intervene to protect and help children who are being abused or neglected or who have problem behaviour. See their website page about keeping kids safe. To discuss concerns about a child or young person's safety or wellbeing ring CYF on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459). See the CYF website for a range of brochures for parents, for children and young people, and for families and the community.
Child Matters www.childmatters.org.nz
Child Matters is a trust dedicated to preventing harm to children in New Zealand. Child Matters provides guidance, advice, education and support to those in a position to act to protect children. Their training and education programmes provide adults with essential skills, and just as importantly the confidence, to intervene when a child needs help. See the website for information and resources.
Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC) www.dsac.org.nz
DSAC is a professional organisation of doctors and nurses from many disciplines. Their main focus is training and supporting health professionals in sexual abuse care. See their website for patient information and patient brochures.
Family Justice www.justice.govt.nz/family-justice
The Family Justice System is designed to help people sort out family issues, where possible, without going to court. The Family Justice System includes the Family Court which makes decisions on a number of family related matters when people can't agree about caring for children. See the Family Justice website for information about separation, about children (guardianship etc), about domestic violence and about who can help you. There is also a listing of pamphlets and resources.
Family Services Directory www.familyservices.govt.nz/directory/
The Family Services Directory lists organisations in your area that can provide families with help and support.
Family Violence - It's not OK www.areyouok.org.nz Family Violence Information Line 0800 45 64 50
This Ministry of Social Development website has information about family violence, what it is and where to get help. They also have an 0800 Family Violence Information Line (0800 45 64 50) which provides self-help information and connects people to services where appropriate. See their website for the following:
- I need help (advice and information to stop violence in your family)
- I want to help (you can help people who may be experiencing family violence)
- I want change (communities have a significant role to play in preventing violence)
Family Works www.familyworks.org.nz
Family Works is the name for child and family services provided by the 7 Presbyterian Support organisations in New Zealand. They are based in 40 centres in New Zealand. To find out more about what is available where you live, simply click on the map on their website.
Family Works delivers a full range of social work and counselling services in communities throughout New Zealand. Family Works helps:
- families – by working alongside you to resolve conflicts and strengthen relationships
- children – by supporting children and young people to overcome challenges at home or school
- parents – by addressing issues and building strong, supportive family relationships
- communities – by working together and investing in people and communities we can make a big difference to a lot of lives
This is a website for teenagers supporting friends who have had an unwanted sexual experience.
Healthline 0800 61 11 16
Call Healthline on 0800 61 11 16 if you need advice about a child of any age who is unwell or hurt, or has any symptoms of sickness. You can call Healthline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's free to callers throughout New Zealand, including from a mobile phone. Healthline nurses are specialists in assessing and advising over the phone. See more information about Healthline on this website.
KidsLine www.kidsline.org.nz 0800 54 37 54
KidsLine is New Zealand’s only 24-hour helpline for New Zealand children and teens (5 to 18 years). KidsLine is part of the LifeLine family of services. Children and young people can ring any hour of the day on an 0800 number and talk to a trained counsellor about anything that might be worrying them. These counsellors are caring, understanding adults who will listen. Children can also talk on weekdays between 4-6pm to a Kidsline Buddy. KidsLine Buddies are specially trained year 12 and 13 students. Call free on 0800 KIDSLINE (0800 54 37 54) any time.
New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) www.nzac.org.nz
The professional organisation for counsellors in New Zealand. NZAC offers Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)-approved counsellors and, if the correct procedures are followed, costs are met by ACC. You can check whether a counsellor is a member of NZAC by asking the individual counsellor to show you their certificate or by contacting NZAC - check the website for contact details. Remember, if your child has been the victim of abuse, they should only see an approved counsellor who has experience in this area. Check with ACC for approved counsellors.
New Zealand Police www.police.govt.nz/advice/family-violence/help
Family violence is a crime. It is not a private matter. People in violent relationships often cannot help themselves. They need your help. There are various ways you can report a crime. Always call 111 within New Zealand in an emergency. (Use the appropriate emergency number in other countries). For non-emergencies you contact your local police station or you can report crimes anonymously to Crimestoppers, free phone 0800 55 51 11. See the New Zealand Police website for a list of local police contact details or to find out how to get help for family violence (domestic violence) and learn about Protection Orders and Police Safety Orders.
Office of the Children's Commissioner www.occ.org.nz
The Office of the Children's Commissioner is an independent authority promoting children's and young people's wellbeing through advocacy, consultation, monitoring, research and investigation.
Open Home Foundation www.ohf.org.nz
The Open Home Foundation provides a range of services for children, young people and their families throughout New Zealand. These services can include social work services for familes referred by Child, Youth and Family; care services when it's necessary for children and young people to leave the care of their parents; respite for children/young people with a diability; intensive wrap around support and parent mentoring services. Contact the Open Home Foundation by phoning or visiting one of their service centres. They can tell you what services are available in your area.
Parentline offers individual and group counselling, therapy and social work services to children aged between 0 – 13 years who have been traumatised by abuse and domestic violence. Parenting programmes are also available for the parents of children being seen at Parentline, as are opportunities for family therapy to strengthen the family unit. See their website for contact details.
Power to Protect www.powertoprotect.net.nz Helpline 0800 30 00 26
The Power to Protect helpline can be called 24/7 on 0800 30 00 26 - a trained support person will be there to talk with you, offer support and advice, or put you in touch with services.
SAFE offers specialist treatment services to those with harmful sexual behaviour, and their family and whānau. SAFE's goal is to have a safe community for our children – they work not only to stop individuals' harmful sexual behaviour, but ultimately to keep future generations safe too.
Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org.nz
The Salvation Army helps people in need through a wide range of community programmes including food parcels, budgeting, housing support, life skills and addiction services (drug, alcohol and problem gambling). Check the nearest centre to you. For the full range of assistance the Salvation Army offers, see their drop down menu 'Need assistance?' on their website.
Shine www.2shine.org.nz Helpline 0508 74 46 33
Shine provides a range of services, including a comprehensive web site on family violence. Although the organisation is Auckland based, the information on the website is nationally relevant - see their resources. The organisation provides a national helpline 0508 74 46 33.
Victim Support victimsupport.org.nz 0800 84 28 46
Victim Support provides 24-hour emotional support, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by crime and trauma throughout New Zealand. Call free on 0800 VICTIM (0800 84 28 46).
Victims Information www.victimsinfo.govt.nz Victims Information Line 0800 65 06 54
The New Zealand Government website for people affected by crime. If you or your family or whānau have been affected by crime you can get support to help you deal with the practical and emotional effects of the crime and information to help you understand the legal process. Call 0800 65 06 54 - the 24/7 Victims Information Line.
What's Up www.whatsup.co.nz 0800 94 28 787
What's Up is a national telephone counselling helpline for New Zealand children and young people. It's free to call, including from a mobile phone. What's Up counsellors are available 365 days a year, Monday to Friday 1-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 3-10pm. What's Up counsellors are carefully selected and trained, and are paid professionals rather than volunteers. They're monitored on each shift and have ongoing professional development. What's Up aims to provide early help to children and teach them skills that will help prevent the development of major problems later in their lives. Children and young people can also get tips on dealing with the most commonly called about issues through the 'most talked about' sections of the kids and teens sections of the website. What’s Up is provided by Barnardos New Zealand. Call free on 0800 WHATSUP (0800 94 28 787).
Women's Refuge www.womensrefuge.org.nz Crisisline 0800 73 38 43
Women's Refuge is a women's organisation for women and their children, to help prevent and stop family violence in New Zealand. It provides support and information when you are dealing with violence in your life. Support includes a 24/7 crisisline (0800 REFUGE or 0800 73 38 43) and 24-hour access to a safe house, as well as a range of other help and support. See the Women's Refuge website for the following:
- how to get help when you're dealing with violence in your life
- help for women
- help for youth and children
- legal and financial help
- helping someone you know
- staying safe
- thinking about leaving
- safety plan - choosing to stay for now (PDF, 454KB)
- safety plan - leaving the relationship (PDF, 623KB)
- safety plan - after you've left (PDF, 563KB)
Young New Zealanders' Foundation www.youngnz.org.nz
The Young New Zealanders' Foundation aims to create safer communities by supporting, educating and empowering young people in their families and in the wider community. The Foundation supplies a range of educational resources.
Youth Court www.justice.govt.nz/courts/youth
The Youth Court deals with young people 14, 15 and 16 years old. See the Youth Court website for:
- an introduction to the Youth Court
- information for children and young people
- information for families
- information for victims
Youthlaw www.youthlaw.co.nz 0800 88 45 29
Youthlaw is a law agency set up just for young people. They have a huge range of brochures and booklets on most things that involve young people and the law. Give them a call if you need some legal advice, or want to know your rights in a particular situation. They are friendly and helpful and their information is free to young people. The website has a section about domestic violence and young people. Phone 0800 UTHLAW (0800 88 45 29).
Youthline www.youthline.co.nz 0800 37 66 33
A free telephone counselling service for young people. Call free on 0800 37 66 33.