Welcome to Birthright NZ
Did you know that Birthright has been helping families in New Zealand for 60 years?
A lot has changed over that time, but Birthright’s commitment to ensuring children’s rights to a happy, secure and loving home environment has remained the same. Not only were we the first organisation of its kind in New Zealand, we were also the first in the world. Read more about our journey below.
Birthright in your area
Family violence legislation review update
A summary of the submissions received as part of the Government's review of family violence legislation has been published on the Ministry of Justice website. The review aims to ensure New Zealand legislation reflects modern understandings of family violence, protects victims, holds offenders to account and is fit-for-purpose to underpin cross-governmental work on reducing family violence. Around 500 submissions were received during the public consultation process, which took place in August and September last year. The summary of submissions details the range and strength of the views on the topics covered in the discussion document. The Minister of Justice, Amy Adams, plans to introduce a Bill to Parliament this year once Cabinet makes decisions about what changes to make.
Subsidy for under 15s with poor vision
Do you have a child 15 or under who has poor vision? Well if you do they may be eligible for the Spectacle Subsidy, an initiative offered by the Ministry of Health. Through the subsidy, the Ministry of Health will pay up to $287.50 (including GST) a year towards either vision tests, glasses or eye patches. To qualify, parents/guardians need to be community services card holders or hold a high user health card. Your optometrist or eye specialist also needs to be registered as an assessor for the subsidy. To find an assessor near you please call 0800 17 1981. Find out more about the subsidy and how it works.
The Safeguarding Children InitiativeWant to know more about how to stop child abuse in your community? Well through the Safeguarding Children Initiative you can. Run by experienced practitioners in the field, this educational resource takes a more proactive approach to tackling child abuse and is free of charge. Training is offered via seminars delivered by the Safeguarding Children Initiative Team or through its free E-learning course. Learn more about the Safeguarding Children Initiative or access its free resources. You can also view a short video that explains what the Safeguarding Children Initiative is and what it offers.
Major overhaul for CYPs following release of report
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has outlined a major overhaul of Child Youth and Family, following a scathing interim report which outlines extremely poor outcomes for children who had been through the state care system.