ABOUT PILLARS

A charity for children of prisoners.

Pillars exists to support children of people in prison in Aotearoa/New Zealand to create positive futures for themselves.

Children of people in prison are in a situation they did not choose, yet they face a sentence of their own. They become invisible victims of crime and may become socially and economically isolated.

Pillars Social Workers and Mentoring Coordinators support Pillars children to work towards goals they set for themselves, so they can stride into the future with confidence.

Our mahi consists of programmes which range across  wrap around services for whānau, and mentoring for the children. We work in prisons and the community and have a team of well trained, experienced staff around the country.

We believe children of people in prison are children of promise and potential.

Programmes are research based to ensure they meet the needs of the whanau we work with.

Pillars core programme is a home-based family wrap-around social work service. This is coupled with a mentoring programme, where a volunteer mentor walks alongside a child, as an askable, trusted adult. Group support networks allow caregivers to work together to find solutions for the challenges they are facing.

Pillars main objective is to build a community where every child who has a parent or caregiver in prison or serving a community sentence, has access to support and appropriate services, to create a positive future for themselves.

We are committed to improving the outcomes for children of people in prison or serving a sentence in the community.

Our Values - Kaupapa

Pono - Integrity

We uphold high professional standards. We demonstrate honesty, decency and trustworthiness.

Ako - Learning

We embrace the process of reciprocal learning. We produce new knowledge and deepen our understanding through research and experience.

Tika - Fair and Just

We treat our families and whānau, our partners and stakeholders as of equal value. We respect their beliefs and practices. We uphold the Children of Prisoners’ Bill of Rights.

Aroha, Tautoko - Love and Support

Our every action comes from a place of love, compassion, support, inclusiveness and empathy.

Rangatiratanga - Leadership

We value effective leadership at all levels of our organisation: tamariki, whānau, Māori, partners and stakeholders. We act with integrity, accept accountability, insist on excellence and support innovation. We motivate and inspire all those working with or making decisions about children of people serving a sentence in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Whānaungatanga - Relationships, Kinship and Connection

Tiriti o Waitangi is the framework for partnerships between tangata whenua and tangata tiriti. We respect Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles within our work.

Pillars Ka Pou Whakahou Calls for Immediate Implementation of Care Plans for Children of People Serving a Sentence

We are calling for urgent legislative action and policy requiring the implementation of care plans for children of people in prison and on community sentences.

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