Outcomes of Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service

These case studies provide schools, family and whānau with an overview of what happens when a young person is accepted into Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS).

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  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Oranga Tamariki Social Workers
  • Boards

The Ministry of Education and Barnardos NZ commissioned two videos so that young people, their family/whānau and education providers could hear about others who have received Te Kahu Tōī IWS support.

General outcomes of IWS

There is strong evidence that, when wraparound is done well (with high fidelity), young people with complex needs are more likely to be better able to engage in learning at their local school, in the home and communities.

Te Kahu Tōī contributes to improving child wellbeing through identifying underlying needs that exist for the young person and family and putting in place effective interventions such as parenting programmes and therapeutic supports.

Te Kahu Tōī support improves the young person’s outcomes in five key outcome areas to promote the wellbeing of the young people Te Kahu Tōī works with.

These five key outcome areas are:

  • self-control of behaviours and emotions
  • social skills
  • attitudes and beliefs
  • relationships with others
  • access to safe environments and achievement in the home, the school and the community.

Evaluation of the IWS service in 2015 showed that that the service enabled young people to move towards improved life outcomes were they were able to:

  • develop and maintain relationships with whānau
  • attend school, participate and engage in learning.

Te Kahu Tōī, IWS has been evaluated to show it is an evidence based high fidelity programme that has successfully been adapted to fit a New Zealand cultural context. While the term Wraparound is widely used in New Zealand, few programmes are using the research-based model which has been proven to be more effective than simply wrapping services around families and providing intensive case management.

The research-based model of wraparound, when delivered with high fidelity, can produce better outcomes as shown in the Te Kahu Tōī, IWS outcome data.

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