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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.

We would love to hear your feedback and experiences with using this resource.

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Please feel free to keep up with us on our Jade Speaks Up Facebook where you might be find interesting resources and give us a “Like”.

Thank you for coming on this journey with us.

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

4 weeks ago

Jade Speaks Up

Amazing man opening up about his past... thank you Stan Walker for your courage. May many others find the help they need to clear that shadow from their lives.Stan Walker is one of our biggest stars. Not yet 30, he’s a singer and actor who’s lived much of his life in the public eye.

But his childhood was horrific, and for the first time, he’s bravely baring all - the details of how as a child he was raised by his father's fist, the sexual abuse from a family member, and the path to forgiveness for himself and his whanau.

It’s a powerful and intimate story of violence and abuse that Stan is sharing like never before in the hope of helping and inspiring others.

Sunday, 7.30pm on TVNZ 1
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1 month ago

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This great woman... yes to the amazing relating teachers we have connected with through Jade Speaks Up who live their work with such passion...including the awesome Angie Malae x ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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How exciting is this! Today our website has gone live and you can find out more about the exciting work we have been doing. www.jadespeaksup.co.nz
And attached is a 5 minute film of some of the voices of children, teachers and other professionals about the programme.

Acknowledging everyone who has been part of this journey... for the safety and wellbeing of the children of our nation. We couldnt have come this far without you. 🙂
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2 months ago

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A potent example of the power of words.. a good teaching resource ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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A beautiful reminder about connecting across our apparent differences.. a real alternative to the voice of racism... ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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it's great seeing these kids get it that they make a difference for their class and teachers... a good example of what we can say to support them ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

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A great reminder to address conflict healthily for the sake of all our relationshipsAvoiding conflict to "keep the peace" often has the opposite effect. Instead of growing intimacy through healthy conflict, when we stuff our feelings to avoid discomfort, we end up being a ghost of a person in a skeleton of a relationship.
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Relationships grow when we allow ourselves and our emotions to #takeupspace . It's not easy, but it's easy to experiment with: ask for what you need, use statements like "when you..., I feel....", and grow your skills in good conflict like you would anything worth learning: research, conversations, resource gathering, and practicing.
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#healthyrelationships #couplegoals #conflictresolution
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4 months ago

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a reminder about self care... worth a minute or two to watch this wise man 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

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When we are supporting ourselves and those around us to heal...its not a smooth process but involves the work of changing the ways that we have adapted, allowed and even colluded with what wounded our initial wholeness. Its good to be real..this is the way of the well-being warrior. ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

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this is a great example of the difference that a commitment to education can make... loved reading of the buddy system! ... See MoreSee Less

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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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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