Practice Improvement



Werry Workforce Whāraurau is committed to supporting the infant, children and youth mental health and AOD workforces across sectors to deliver quality practice aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of infants, children, young people and their families/whānau.




Working with ACES* - Preventing Adverse Outcomes

* ACE: Adverse Childhood Experiences

We work with other workforce programmes and provide a number of initiatives to enhance the knowledge and skills in ICAMH/AOD workforces across sectors.  By enhancing the delivery of practice by the Children’s Workforces we aim to support children, young people and whānau wellbeing.

Intitatives include: SPHC, SSFC and Trauma-Informed Care


► Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC)SPHC-tile 
    Te Tautokoingā Mātua me ngā Tamariki Hauora

While many children who have a parent with mental health and/or addiction issues do well, a proportion are vulnerable to a range of poor outcomes, including increased risk of developing wellbeing issues.

This initiative aims to increase the capability of health professionals to identify and attend to the needs of these children and their family/whānau. This may include the development of resources for the sector(s), identification of the pathways for support, and a strategic plan regarding the implementation of best-practice COPMIA initiatives. It builds on Ministry of Health scoping (Williment, MOH 2012).

This Project is led by Werry Workforce Whāraurau in collaboration with the other workforce centres: Te Pou, Matua Raki, Abacus and Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini). MORE...

Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC) webpages are located in this section. More...


Trauma-Informed Care

The responses of children/tamariki to a traumatic event vary. Even children/tamariki exposed to the same traumatic event may have different responses. Nearly all children/tamariki express some kind of distress or behavioural change following a traumatic event.



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CEP: Co-existing Problems and AoD in Youth

Co-existing problems are an increasing issue for young people and often are not identified. This leads to poor outcomes for the young person which can have long-term impacts for their future and wellbeing. Mental health and addiction issues are significantly high for young people and access rates for treatment is low.

  • eLearning:
    We offer eLearning modules on Co-existing problems to upskill health professionals working with young people to feel more confident in identifying and providing treatment for those issues associated with CEP.
  • Resources:
    The Opt for wellbeing section of our website provides resources for professionals wanting to access treatment worksheets or templates or educational material that they can use within their work on the following topics.
    • Screening and Assessment Tools: providing quick and easy brief screening tool intervention, manual, video guide, and best practice guidance.
    • Addiction Treatment Resources: evidence-based worksheets; harm reduction tips
    • Mental Health Treatment Resources: Intervention, suicide prevention, screening tools


 Mana Ake

A multi-agency initiative established in March 2018 in Canterbury, collaboratively developed by health, education, police, non-government organisations and consumers.

Three key elements:

  • 80 additional roles (FTE) made available in schools;
  • Changing the way we work: improving and supporting collaboration and enhancing existing resources in schools;
  • A web-based tool: 'Leading Lights' co-designed to support consistent navigation through the pathway of support for a child or young person.


To promote wellbeing and positive mental health for students in years 1-8-Focuses on early-intervention (early in the life of the problem).  

Werry Workforce have a small contract to participate in the governance of this initiative, in addition to advising the project team and delivering professional development to the 80 Kaimahi.  The focus on equity of access has a significant part of the delivery of the project.  Māori and Pasifika are present at every level of the implementation process.  A Kaupapa Māori and Pasifika organisation are two of the Providers.  Data on access for Māori and Pasifika is a key focus of the evaluation.

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