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Help for Parents
If your family is having troubles there is a lot of help you can get, provided you are able to seek it out, and you know what you want.
Parenting is the most important and challenging job anyone can do, and yet it is the one job we are least prepared for. There are lots of books on parenting and child development - check the local library. Some of the advice here is from a New Zealand book, "Positive Parenting - From Toddlers to Teenagers" by Kate Birch. You could also watch for training courses on child development and the "Parents As First Teachers " programme. If your family is having troubles there is a lot of help you can get, provided you are able to seek it out, and you know what you want. You could contact:

The Children and Young Persons Service of Social Welfare

The Special Education Service

Parentline

Parenthelp

School counsellors

Tough Love

The police Youth Aid Section. The New Zealand Police has a Law Related Education Pro-gramme and produces resources for schools on "Vandalism", "Stealing" and "Kia Kaha" (a kit on bullying), and "Keeping Ourselves Safe". Police education officers around the country can offer more information.

LAW
New Zealand law related to the care and protection of children (13 years and under) and young people (14 to 16 years), and youth justice, is laid down in the Children and Young Person's and Their Families Act (1989).

Criminal youth offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for what they have done. Wherever possible, families of the offender, and victims, are involved in resolving the issues. Serious offenses will involve a Family Group Conference, or lead to an appearance in the Youth Court if the conference can’t reach agreement.



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Parenting is the most important and challenging job anyone can do, and yet it is the one job we are least prepared for.

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