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Help for at-risk children in Mangere

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/10/2016

A newly-established South Auckland organisation will focus on 1480 at-risk children to give them a better chance in life.

The South Auckland Social Investment board is a multi-agency organisation with an independent chairwoman - Sandra Alofivae, a lawyer and community leader.

State Services Minister Paula Bennett says it will initially focus on 1480 at-risk 0-to-5 year olds and their families in Mangere.

She says it will put the children and their families "at the heart of service provision" and aim to:

* Reduce the number of children experiencing substantiated physical abuse

* Increase the number participating in early childhood education

* Reduce the number of preventable child hospitalisations for illnesses.

"We will be utilising the expert knowledge and judgement of local decision-makers, in conjunction with national level data and analysis in order to gain a much improved understanding of what the local needs are," Ms Bennett said.

Similar boards have been launched in Gisborne and Northland.

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