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


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