Currently New Zealand's Police attend up to 500  family harm incidents every day. Children are present at 75% of these reported incidents.

Te Mana ō tātou Tamariki - Kōrero Pono - The power of our children - Speaking truth

While each experience of family harm is unique, responding effectively to it is a multi faceted process. Therefore our work is based within the circle of relationships that involve teachers and students of Years 5-8  in schools and the families of the students. We engage with Tangata Whenua and the social services which support the schools including Police, Health, Counselling, Oranga Tamaraiki as well as other local agencies. The complexity of issues brought up in preventing violence requires complex responses, which means schools need the fullest community support possible when teachers commit to facilitating the Jade Speaks Up programme in their classrooms.

Read about our work in an Otago Community.

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Thank you for coming on this journey with us.

Elaine Dyer and Andrea O’Hagan, Co-creators,  Jade Speaks Up

2 months ago

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reducing the harm of violence is something all of us can do... take care of yourselves and your neighbourhoods whanau ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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breathe, think and Do.. beautiful example of a karakia to do that! ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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This little story about healing ... touched me today! its never too late to mend an aching heart even though the very best scenario is to nurture it in our children right from the start. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

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Dr Bruce Perry is one of our heroesHis work with children who have experienced trauma is hugely inspiring. Here is some sound advice from him about interacting with a distressed child.. ... See MoreSee Less
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9 months ago

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This is a simple model of connecting to our feelings... helpful perhaps. Sometimes it takes a while to work out what's going on inside....ℹ🌿 HOW TO FEEL YOUR FEELINGS WHEN YOU WERE NEVER REALLY TAUGHT |Many of us never really learned how to feel our feelings. But we learned other things about emotions instead. Maybe we learned that certain emotions were acceptable, while others were not. That is, we learned that happiness and excitement were fine, while anxiety, and even more so, anger were forbidden. And so, maybe you learned to swallow your rage, and shove it down further and further, deeper and deeper, to plaster a smile onto your face. ... See MoreSee Less
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Deborah Sim

Thank you for telling me about and introducing me to the Jade Speaks Up Programme. As a family law barrister, I have seen the consequences of family violence and unresolved conflict in many family/whanau and other relationship situations. I have witnessed the distress and damage caused to children and understand how seriously this can impact their development and future wellbeing.I… Read more “Deborah Sim”

Barrister and Children's advocate

Jacqueline Graham–Barley

Providing an environment where children are safe and do not live in fear is what we would like to think is the norm in our communities. Sadly this is not the case. Many children live with frightening moments in their lives, to many this is normal. They do not know how to put their concerns into words, or with whom… Read more “Jacqueline Graham–Barley”

MB Ch B, FRNZCGP, FRACGP, Diploma Obstetrics and gynaecology, Diploma Farm Health. Advanced Diploma Dermatology Advanced Diploma Skin cancer medicine and Surgery, Retired GP, Retired Senior Lecturer Central Queensland School of Medicine

Dr Russell Wills

New Zealand has exceptionally high rates of family violence and child abuse compared to the rest of the world. Even if not physically assaulted, violence is profoundly harmful to children in the short- and long-term. The cost to our society and economy is enormous. Māori are over-represented among both perpetrators and victims. Family violence is our national shame. There are… Read more “Dr Russell Wills”

Paediatrician, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Former Children’s Commissioner.

Jennifer Martinez

I highly recommend the training for any group that is going to deliver Jade Speaks Up. It’s an opportunity for the team to learn together and have a shared understanding of the content and process. It will only strengthen the team to deliver a success programme. Andrea and Elaine were approachable and friendly facilitators, it made the learning easy and… Read more “Jennifer Martinez”

The Logos Project Marist Youth Development School Programme’s Leader

Intermediate SENCO

Jade Speaks Up makes it OK for letting students at risk know that they are not the only one living in these situations and the programme is really good for opening up the students to the opportunities to tell their stories

Social Workers in Schools attached to four participating schools

JSU captures children who otherwise wouldn’t come to the attention of services.  It is a non-identifying approach for whole classes to open up issues. It is a great opportunity to find out about how all domains are for children who can present as if everything is ok in their life

David King

Jade Speaks Up is the programme with an explicit focus on keeping safe and Waikowhai Intermediate is embedding JSU into our delivery of the Health curriculum. JSU brings classes together and teachers see the improvements in student language to deal with issues. The programme fits very well culturally with the demographic of the school. It fits very well being woven… Read more “David King”

Principal of Waikowhai Intermediate, 2019 after 3 years of implementing JSU

Michelle Clayton and Linda Cooper

Creating the resource Jade Speaks up was a real community effort ably led by Elaine Dyer and her team at Violence Free Waitakere, bringing together expertise from across the West Auckland Family Violence Sector. Family Action was pleased to have been involved in the co-creation of the resource from inception. The clinical team use Jade Speaks Up extensively within the… Read more “Michelle Clayton and Linda Cooper”

Family Action CEO and Auckland City Councillor

Lisa Sell

I attended the “Jade Speaks Up” training at Kaitangata Primary School in January 2020.
This primary school is one I am assigned to in the Clutha District as a Public Health Nurse and so I know the school and community well.
At the end of 2019 it became evident that the school was having to manage and help… Read more “Lisa Sell”

Southern District Health Board

Eve Tonkin

I just had to put pen to paper to express my gratitude to you for the extraordinary programme that you have created. Jade Speaks Up is very different to any health programme that we have ever had anything to do with because it is holistic, emotionally intelligent and authentic for each who participates in it.
The depth, breadth and… Read more “Eve Tonkin”

Principal Timatanga Community School

Teacher from Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School

I have been waiting 6 years for a programme like this that addresses the high needs in our school , impacted by the triple trauma of earthquake, shootings and Covid-19. The JSU programme uniquely  caters for all, including the students with complex needs, those with trauma, and those in stable home lives. The programme allows all to participate and shine.