The New Start Programme


New Start is a programme for repeat offenders parenting a child under the age of 6 months, or pregnant.

Acceptance criteria

New Start accepts clients with the following criteria:

    • A parent with at least one criminal conviction within the previous 2 years.
    • Currently parenting a child (or children) under the age of 6 months, or is pregnant (post 24 weeks).
    • If the offending parent is in prison, he/she is within 4 months of release.
    • Living in the Christchurch district.
    • Willing to work with a Social Worker in their own home.
    • Willing to make a commitment to their children and to creating a safe home environment for them.

Referral Packages

Referrals to New Start services are accepted from all government sectors and community-based agencies.

These documents are available for download and printing. All are in PDF format.

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REFERRAL PACKAGE FOR CHILD YOUTH AND FAMILY STAFF ONLY:   CYF referral and risk criteria download here (pdf)  and here in a word doc     


Over the years 2001-2012, referrals have come from:

    • Justice sector  - 15%
    • Child, Youth and Family Service - 36%
    • Health sector - 41%, 8% of which came from Plunket
    • Community agencies and other sources - 8%


A high proportion of clients presented with severe substance addictions, family violence problems and histories of children removed by CYFS.