Supporting parents, healthy children

(formally known as COPMIA)

A Ministry of Health COPMIA guideline for all mental health and addiction services was released in September 2015. The guideline – Supporting Parents, Healthy Children – sets expectations and provides recommendations for services engaging with children, family and whānau. It outlines a five-year phased implementation process across organisational, service and practice levels with both essential and best practice elements. For many services this will require a paradigm shift from the individualised approach that is often the focus.

The guideline focusses on strengths, and promotes and protects the wellbeing and rights of children. It promotes:

  • early intervention in the lives of children to support resilience
  • offering evidenced based and culturally appropriate ways of working
  • across sector partnerships to meet the needs of children and their families and whānau.

Download: Supporting Parents, Healthy Children from the Ministry of Health website.

For a selection of current child, family and whānau focussed resources visit the Supporting Parents Healthy Children website.