Pillars has a wide range of programmes & services available

Pillars Social Workers and Mentor Coordinators are committed to supporting Pillars tamariki to work towards their goals–and stride into the future with confidence. We believe children of people in prison are children of promise and potential.

Whānau Wraparound Programme:

Pillars Social Workers provide an evidence-based and specialised response service, walking alongside tangata whaiora and/or whānau members who have been impacted by a whānau member’s involvement with the Department of Corrections. We work with whānau who have a whānau member in prison or serving a sentence within the community. Engagement with the Programme is voluntary.

We conduct ongoing assessments with tangata whaiora and whānau to identify what their needs are. The voice of tamariki and rangatahi is included in planning and assessments. We walk alongside tangata whaiora and/or whānau, providing advocacy, education, resources, and support. Some examples include housing, work and income and linking whānau into other supports such as counselling and rehabilitative programmes. We support whānau to understand Corrections processes and the impact of intergenerational trauma.


Anyone who is the primary caregiver for a child or young person 0-18 years with a whānau member involved with Ara Poutama (Department of Corrections)

The whānau member could be in prison, or on remand awaiting trial, or sentenced, released from prison, or serving a community sentence

The tangata whaiora and /or whanau lives within a restricted radius of Pillars Christchurch or Auckland offices


Referrals can be made directly or indirectly. This means people can refer themselves or be referred by a service they have or are engaged with.

Referrers should ensure the tangata whaiora is informed when making a referral to Pillars. This will not delay the Pillars Social Worker from contacting the tangata whaiora.

Referrals will be triaged by a Pillars Social Worker/s and/or manager and assessed to ensure the tangata whaiora and/or whānau member meet our criteria and threshold.

Pillars Social Worker may refer to an external service by the consent of the tangata whaiora if they do not meet our criteria and threshold.

Our Tāmaki Makaurau Social Work referral page can be downloaded here

Our Ōtautahi Social Work referral page can be downloaded here

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

For more information about our programmes please contact us.
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