Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)

Wraparound differs from many other service delivery strategies, in that it provides a comprehensive, holistic, youth and family/whānau driven way of responding when children or youth experience significant challenges in their lives.

Wraparound put the child/youth and their family/whānau at the centre. With support from a team of professionals and natural supports, the family/whānau ideas and perspectives about what they need and what will be helpful drive all the work in wraparound.

Who IWS is for

Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS) is for the small number of young people aged 5-14 years who have behaviour, social and/or learning needs that are highly complex and challenging (and may have associated intellectual difficulty) and require support at school, at home and in the community.

The Ministry of Education Learning Support staff; Resource Teacher, Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), ORS fund-holder school or Day Special School would refer a student young person to the Intensive Wraparound service Service because the young person is experiencing significant challenges in their lives and are really struggling to stay at school and learn. In most cases, the usual resources and support available through school, home or community, haven’t been enough to meet their needs and they continue to need support across all settings.

Wraparound is an ecologically based process and approach to care planning. It builds on the collective actions of a committed group of family and whānau, friends, community, professionals, and cross-system supports. IWS mobilises resources and talents from a variety of sources, resulting in the creation of a plan of care that is the best fit between the family vision and story, team mission, strengths, needs, and strategies.

During the Wraparound process, a team of people who are relevant to the life of the child or youth collaboratively develop an individualised plan of care.

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