YJ Oranga Tamariki projects

Youth Justice Oranga Tamariki staff from around Aoteraoa have been working with our speech-language therapists on projects to develop innovative strategies, tools and resources for staff to use in their work with young people and their families. These projects have sometimes included other stakeholders that the team work with in addition to their care and protection team colleagues. Please contact us to hear more about this project.

Corrections projects

We have undertaken a number of projects with Corrections staff. These inclulde:

  • Focus Groups Facilitators

Building on work carried out by one of our team at a youth justice residence that assisted staff to carry out a project to listen to the views of young people, we haver provided professional development workshops to assist staff in the Youth Units run by Corrections.

  • Youth Unit staff training
  • Regional training for supervisor staff working in Probation, Prison and Corrections Psychologist teams
  • Corrections Pyschologist training

Gateway and Sexual Assault Assessment projects

We’ve been collaborating on two communication projects with health staff who undertake Gateway Health assessments for children and youth who are involved in care and protection services and the team who do sexual assault forensic examinations and health assessments. These projects have resulted in a range of resources and strategies that are currently being piloted and evaluated by the teams involved. We have also delivered speech-language therapy assessments as part of a project in Auckland which added an SLT component to Gateway Assessments.

Youth Health 

We’ve been lucky enough to work with a couple of teams who deliver youth health services

Specialist Remand Care

Three of our team were part of the prototyping and piloting of new models of providing specialist remand care for young people in NZ. Our role is to ensure that young people are enabled to have a strong voice adn that all the interactions involved in their involvement in processes are easy to understand and participate in.

Care and Protection speech-language therapy interventions

As well as a handful of individual children and young people who receive speech-language therapy interventions from our team, we have provided regular sessions of intervention at a care and protection residence. We have previously provided assessments that have resulted in Communication Passports and Plans for a number of young people (that they have helped to author), and our work on this project aimed to embed these plans into the activities and interventions that happen on a daily basis at the residence.

Law Commission DNA project

Bail Support Project

ERO project


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