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Access Criteria

Access to the nationwide Stand for Children Service or the Family Therapy Services in three regions is by referral agencies and based on entry criteria and assessed need. 

Access for Social Services in Schools is by assessed need and can be self-referrals from children/families or referred from within the school/community or other agencies.

Access to the KidzaCool Adventures is by application from caregivers and is available nationwide.

Acceptance into the service will be based on referral agents completing the relevant Referral Form which will demonstrate that the child and family meet the access criteria and have consented to receive services from Stand (read our Privacy Statement in the Information for Referral Agencies)

If you are unsure which service may be required to meet the need, please contact your nearest regional office and we can advise on an appropriate response.

Village and Service Delivery Locations

Referral Forms


KAKAHU REFERRAL - Stand for Children Service (inclusive of Intensive Family Wraparound Service and Children's Village) 

NB: The above form should continue to be used for Central and Southern villages even though no Therapeutic village stay is on offer in those regions.

This Referral form applies to both the Intensive Family Wrap-around service (IFWS) and the Therapeutic Care and Education village stay (TCE)


(Only Central, Midland and Christchurch regions)

Family Therapy Service


(Only Northern, East Coast and Christchurch regions)

SWiS Child Self-Referral form

SWiS Parent/Caregiver Referral Form

SWiS Referral Agent


(Only Northern region)

YWiSS Youth Self-Referral

YWISS Referral Form for Schools or other Referral agents



(All sites EXCEPT Central and Southern)

KidzaCool Adventures holiday programme

Application for one child

...and any additional child

...or if you've already been on a kidzacool

Information for Referral Agencies including site contact details

Please send completed forms by email to




The Children we work with

Stand Children's Service Tū Māia Whānau (Stand) is a charity providing intensive therapeutic social services to New Zealands most vulnerable children and families.

For each child we seek to develop their capacity to live in healthy, hopeful relationships with others.  On this depends all of the other necessary outcomes which contribute to their ability to enjoy life and reach their potential.

The children we work with are typically at significant risk of harm to their wellbeing as a consequence of the environment in which they are being raised and their own high and complex needs.  They can be characterised as children whose early experiences have overly shamed or under-socialised them. 

They are often “pathologised” and “blamed” for behaviour resulting from the trauma impact of their early experience and become more and more isolated and traumatised as they grow up, the result of which is they form a view of themselves as unlovable and unworthy; a view of adults in their world as unavailable, neglectful, rejecting, and unresponsive, and a view of the world as unsafe.  Why are we surprised they struggle with the world and how to operate in it?

If you know children with these kind of intense struggles then perhaps we can help.  These children will need us to work together if they are to heal and recover.  Their journey from isolation to connection will happen if we all work together with them and their family.  

This provision of profoundly healing relationships is at the heart of the theoretical underpinning of Stand Children’s Services so expect when you refer to continue your involvement with the child working to your strengths as we work to ours.   

Our Approach

The focus of our work is to protect children from further trauma, support their recovery and enhance their wellbeing.  Three principles underpin our approach:

  • Harm caused by relationships is best healed by relationships.
  • That a child’s home and family, school and teachers, neighbourhood and friends all play a critical role in a child’s world and each system requires attention to improve a child’s quality of life.
  • Transformative environments that provide therapeutic relationships and experiences of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity are quicker and more effective for a child’s journey of recovery. 

These principles are fully supported by recent brain science discoveries and the evidence base of multisystemic therapy and the therapeutic community movement.

Our Partners and Colleagues

Stand recognises that a child’s home and family, school and teachers, neighbourhood and friends all play a critical role in a child’s world.  We know that each system requires attention to improve the child’s quality of life and that we cannot do this on our own. 

Stand Children’s Services work in close partnership with the families, referral agents, child's schools, other professionals and agencies involved with the child and/or family. We also work within clear child protection guidelines and in close consultation with the Regional Child Protection Teams.

We provide an effective wraparound service by brokering and coordinating services with many agencies and providers across New Zealand, including:

  • Iwi partnerships
  • Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children (including Children's Teams, Strengthening Families)
  • Ministry of Education - Learning Support (prev Special Ed and Student Support)
  • Child and adolescent mental health services, adult mental health services
  • Social Service Providers across social, health and education sectors
  • Schools/SENCO teams/RTLB
  • Public Health Nurses/GP's
  • Child Pediatrics