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Meeting of minds to take on family violence

The recent radical overhaul of New Zealand’s child protection laws, which systems are to be implemented by the end of March, have prompted a local social service organisation to invite like-minded individuals to join the fight against family violence.

SOS Kaipara, Specialist Sexual and Family Violence Support Services, are organising a Violence Prevention Networking Hui, to be held at the Kaiwaka Sports Association facility in the April school holidays.

SOS facililatator and counsellor, Wendy Laird, says it is an opportunity for professionals and interested residents to work out ways to help reduce family and sexual violence in the Kaipara region.

“With the changes to Child Protection it’s a great time to work together and strengthen our communities,” Laird says. “Here is an opportunity for people to be a part of that.

“We intend this hui to bring together the people and organisations who are interested in preventing violence, to share what is already happening and what we dream our communities could be,” she says.

“As a specialist agency, SOS seeks to make the support that they offer widely available to professionals and helping agencies as well as to the people who are directly affected by violence in their own lives.

“There will also be a chance to explore and learn about some issues that impact on people working in this field.”

Child, Youth and Family’s services have been going through a restructuring process since early last year and the initial stages of development and formation of ‘Children’s Teams’, with involvement from local community and service groups, is now underway in Kaipara.

The Hui will be held from 9am to 1pm, with a networking session from 9am to 10.30am, followed by the Violence Prevention Workshop from 10.45 to 1pm.

“Working together we can nurture our people,” Laird says. “Ko taū rourou, ko tāku rourou ka ora te iwi.”

SOS is also holding a three day parenting course, Kia Kaha - Building Peaceful Family Lives, in Kaiwaka on March 22, 27 and 29.

The workshop aims to bring together parents, carers and grandparents who want to build peaceful, violence-free homes for their families and whanau.

n If interested in attending the Violence Prevention Networking Hui and/or the Kia Kaha parenting workshop or for any other enquiry, please contact SOS Kaipara on 0800 883 300 or visit their website soskaipara.com.

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