What happens when a young person is referred to Te Kahu Tōī Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)?

The young person and their family/whānau members work with an Intensive Wraparound (IW) Facilitator and Psychologist to build their wraparound team, which can include the whānau’s friends and people from the wider community, as well as providers of services and supports.

Wraparound is commonly described as taking place across four phases of effort: engagement and team preparation, initial plan development, implementation, and transition. During the wraparound process, a team of people who are relevant to the life of the child or youth (eg, family/whānau members, members of the family’s social network, service providers, and agency representatives) collaboratively develop an individualised plan of care, implement this plan, monitor the efficacy of the plan, and work towards success over time.

The whānau and young person take the lead in deciding the team vision and goals, and in developing creative and individualised services and supports that will help them achieve the goals and vision. Team members’ work together to put the plan into action, monitor how well it is working, collect outcome data and change the plan as needed.

The wraparound plan will identify what needs to happen and who needs to take responsibility for each intervention or action.

After the initial plan is developed, the wraparound facilitator and/or psychologist assists the team in the implementation of the plan, and changes it if necessary. The team continue to meet often enough to monitor progress and outcomes towards the young person and their whānau goals. Interventions and strategies are revised at the team meetings and the team celebrate successes and determine when the goals have been reached.

What the plan could look like?

The plan could include formal services – including evidence-based interventions as appropriate to build skills and meet youth and family/whānau needs – together with community services and interpersonal support and assistance provided by friends, family, and other people drawn from the family/whānau social networks.

Case studies and outcomes of Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service

How the service is funded, and for how long

Young people and their whānau can receive Te Kahu Tōī, Intensive Wraparound Service for up to 2 years. When IWS finished, the local services continue to provide support as agreed by the young person and their whānau’s team when the transition plan is developed. 

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