This section contains a list of resources including services in the community, publications and journal articles, as well as internal Oranga Tamariki resources to assist social workers and the families they work with.
Specialist resources and information for families/whānau
|Impairment Type||Services Resources|
|Physical||CCS Disability Action|
|Sensory (eg hearing and vision)|
|Other injuries causing Disability|
|Special Learning Needs|
|High Medical/Health needs|
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Early Intervention Service (13-25 yrs)
Carersnetnz is an online resource for carers including the provision of research and a library
The lead funding agencies for the various impairment types
Resources for Oranga Tamariki staff
In 2008, five new disability advisor positions were created, a National Advisor Child Disability and four Regional Child Disability Advisors. The purpose of these positions is to ensure that disabled children and young people, and their families and caregivers who come to the attention of Oranga Tamariki have their needs met including appropriate involvement and support from other agencies.
These positions provide leadership on disability, and support to managers and front line Oranga Tamariki staff to assist staff to work with the health and disability sector, to understand the needs and obtain the best outcomes for disabled children and young people.
The regional disability advisors will develop effective relationships with external organisations, facilitating and supporting successful negotiations to ensure the needs of the disabled children and young people are met.
Other useful resources/publications
- Office for Disability Issues
- Disability Services, Ministry of Health
- Work and Income (eg. Child Disability Allowance, Domestic Purposes Benefit: Care of the Sick and Infirm etc)
- Donald Beasley Institute for research and education with a primary focus on intellectual disability
- Brainwave Trust which educates the community about the latest research in neuroscience
- The Werry Centre provides research and workforce development with the aim of improving the mental health of children and adolescents in NZ
- Firstport is New Zealand’s disability information website
- Family services directory National Directory of organisations that can provide assistance in your area
- Parent to Parent is a support and information network for parents who have children and family members with disabilities, health impairments or special needs.
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a social policy research and development charity in the UK which conducts research into key social issues including disability (www.jrf.org.uk)
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was established in the United Kingdom to improve social care services for adults and children by sharing best practice
Baker, C. (2007). Disabled Children’s Experience of Permanency in the Looked After System. British Journal of Social Work, 37, 1173-1188.
This United Kingdom article looks at the experiences of disabled foster children compared to non-disabled foster children. The author finds that while disabled children are less likely to return home than non-disabled children, they are also more likely to achieve permanence with their foster carer.
Kelly, B. (2005). Social Work with Disabled Children. Childrenz Issues, 9(1), 22-27.
This article looks at how personal and professional assumptions about disability and childhood impact on the extent to which social workers consult disabled children and promote their active participation in decisions affecting their lives and service delivery. The author draws on findings from a study of family support services for disabled children in Northern Ireland, however links these findings to a New Zealand context.
Scammel, P. (2005). Working in a Deaf World. Social Work Review, 17(4), 21-29.
This New Zealand article explores issues related to working with Deaf people and considers whether Deafness is looked upon as a culture or a disability, the types of communication modes and different skill levels Deaf people have and what this can mean for Deaf people’s communication.