Case study for Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service: Darren, 13 years old at the start of IWS involvement

  • 13 years old male.
  • Darren was referred to IWS as he showed dangerous behaviour and was at risk of hurting himself and others.
  • Māori

Background Information

  • Previous Youth Justice Involvement.
  • Darren had been stood down from school a number of times.
  • Darren was eventually excluded from school.
  • Darren’s only plan for the future was to be involved in gang life.

Te Kahu Tōī Wraparound Programme

  • At age 14, IWS helped Darren to enrol in Te Kura (Correspondence School) and supported him with this change.
  • Darren learnt to monitor his behaviour using a Te Whare Tapa Wha chart. He would complete the chart when he felt he had shown good behaviour, like being helpful to his family.
  • A strong relationship was formed between Darren, his family/whānau and Te Kura which helped create change.
  • Darren was accepted onto Te Kura’s Enviro Skills Programme where he achieved NCEA Level 2, something he had never believed possible, as well as gained credits towards his National Certificate in Agriculture and Primary Industries Endorsement..
  • He returned to education the next year with the goal of achieving NCEA Level 3.

Outcomes of the Te Kahu Tōī wraparound programme

  • The IWS process helped Darren discover new talents and strengths.
  • Darren now shows positive thoughts about his future.
  • He has job prospects.
  • He was presented with the National Te Kura Award for Trades Academy.

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