Shamefully, New Zealand still has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the developed world.

This means there are children today in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti who are not safe at home.

Most parents really do want the best for their children. But stress and negative behaviour can sometimes push a family to breaking point. Maybe a health or
financial problem is making an impact. Perhaps the family needs better communication or parenting skills. In some cases, entrenched long-term patterns of behaviour have completely trapped a family. Whatever the cause, the children in these families are not safe.

The team at Family Works is determined to help these children.This is very demanding intensive work, not just because more families are coming in for help, but also
because many of them bring complex situations that require patient skilled social work to unravel. One social worker said that working with these families is like gently unpicking a heavily matted piece of knitted wool.

Read How Family Works helps local families

Please will you help today?

Families can and do change. We see these changes every week (read one family’s story here)

You can help families to access professional support by sending a gift to Family Works today. Your kind gift will be put to immediate use, supporting them to permanently change their life. You may never meet the people you helped, but in partnership with Family Works, you will be giving many families and their children a much better, safer life.

Donate here to make life safer for local children.

Read what happens When a family is supported by the Family Works team

You can also help families and children as a Family Works Guardian Angel;
donating $30 or more a month.

For information on becoming a Family Works Guardian Angel, please contact PSEC Philanthropy Manager by phoning 06 877 8193 x724 or email

Everyone loses when family violence is tolerated by a society.
The child loses, the family loses, the community loses, and future generations also lose!

Shamefully New Zealand has one of the highest rates of family violence in the developed world. And here on the East Coast we see the same high rates.

This is an epidemic. We can’t keep waiting for someone else to fix it.
But, we can all start working together now to stop this senseless violence to children in our region. And we can change the lives of future generations of children.

Read A typical family story

Please will you help?

Please Donate to Family Works today, and help change a child’s future.

See How your donation helps keep local children safe