About Us

Family Help Trust operates child abuse-prevention services for high-risk families in Christchurch, New Zealand.   It confronts the causes of family dysfunction and provides client families with the skills they need to improve their lives, and those of their children.

Our early-intervention services are intensive, long-term, family-based and child-focused. They target high-risk parents with multiple-problem histories who have young families, and aim to break the cycles of inter-generational dysfunction.

We want not only to stop the patterns of anti-social behaviours and family functioning difficulties, but also to provide families with the support and skills needed to avoid the traps of violence, crime, substance use, and dependence on the state. 

In 2012 we established HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) at Rowley Avenue Primary School in Hoon Hay.  HIPPY builds brains, bonds and bridges between children and parents.  It is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood enrichment programme that builds the confidence and skills of parents to create a positive learning environment through which to prepare their child before they enter the primary school system. We now have a total of three HIPPY prgrammes in Chrstchurch. In 2013 HIPPY Aranui was established followed by HIPPY Hornby in 2015.

For more information: www.greatpotentials.org.nz 

Trustees and staff have a strong committment to evidence-based practice and service effectiveness. Our ongoing evaluations have given us confidence that risk of maltreatment towards children is being reduced across several key areas.

For a quick and easy to follow summary of what we do and how our programmes are breaking the cycle for New Zealand children, please read our profile document.