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