Family Works Central

Making Aotearoa New Zealand
the best place to raise children
in flourishing families

Useful links

Useful links

Family Works Central provides a range of social services between Wellington and Taranaki for individuals and families facing obstacles in life.

The links below contain useful information about violence, child development, legal services, helplines and other relevant information and services in New Zealand.

Are You OK

Are You OK is a community-driven behaviour change campaign with the goal of reducing family violence in New Zealand. The website provides resources for people experiencing family violence to get help, what the common warning signs of family violence are, as well as information about what people in the community can to help prevent family violence.

Click here to visit the Are You OK website.


BodySafe is a youth-oriented website that contains useful information about what respectful relationships look like, as well as what your rights and responsibilities are regarding sex.

Click here to find out more about BodySafe.


Perfect for parents and caregivers who want to understand more about children’s development, Brainwave provides information about the impacts of early experiences on the developing brain and children’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development.

Click here to find out more about Brainwave.

Child Matters

Child Matters is a charitable trust dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in New Zealand. The organisation provides advice, education and child abuse prevention training and support to people and organisations that work with children or are in positions to keep them safe. The website includes valuable information and a range of resources for download or to order.

Click here to visit the Child Matters website.

Children’s Action Plan and Children’s Teams

The Children’s Action Plan website contains information about the legislation passed in June 2014 to protect vulnerable children. The website has reports about the legislation’s progress and how it is making a difference, including having Children’s Teams bringing together professionals from health, education, welfare and social service agencies to work with vulnerable children, and their families.

Click here to find out more about the Children’s Action Plan.

Community Law

The Community Law website provides information about Community Law’s free legal services, whether you’re eligible, the Community Law process and where your local office is.

Click here to visit the Community Law website.


Kidsline is a 24/7 helpline for children and teenagers to call to talk about any problems, feelings or challenges they are experiencing with a volunteer Kidsline Buddy. The Kidsline website contains information for children and adults about bullying, separation, grief, child abuse and more.

Click here to find out more about Kidsline.

NZ Council of Christian Social Services

The NZ Council of Christian Social Services website brings together an abundance of information about New Zealand social services with a focus on poverty, children and families and older people, and provides, as well as information about current issues affecting these groups.

Click here to find out more about the Council of Christian Social Services.

Office of the Children’s Commissioner

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner website contains information and resources about child poverty, engaging with children, legal rights and advice, as well as accessing services for vulnerable children.

Click here to visit the Office of the Children’s Commissioner website.


Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five. The Plunket website provides information about the services Plunket offers, where your local Plunket is, as well as parenting resources and advice.

Click here to visit the Plunket website.


Samaritans is a helpline for adults that provides 24/7 confidential emotional support to those experiencing loneliness, depression, despair, distress or suicidal feelings. The Samaritans website contains their helpline number and information about the topics they can help with.

Click here to find out more about the Samaritans.

Sophie Elliott Foundation

The Sophie Elliott Foundation is a legacy to Sophie Elliot whose life was brutally taken from her at 22 years old by her ex-boyfriend. The Sophie Elliott Foundation provides useful and clear information about dating violence including the early signs of dating violence, what unhealthy relationships look like and where and how to get help.

Click here to visit the Sophie Elliott Foundation website. 

Stopping Violence Services

Not all violence is physical. The National Network of Stopping Violence website contains information about defining violence, how to assess whether you are in an abusive relationship and what the potential effects of domestic violence are.

Click here to find out more about Stopping Violence Services.

Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families is available for any whānau/ family in New Zealand when more than one community support organisation or government service is or could be required, so that all the people and agencies that can help your family are brought together. The website explains everything families need to know about the service as well as how to get started.

Click here to visit the Strengthening Families website.