Our Operating Frameworks


Youth Work

Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa

Tūtaki Youth Inc.’s youth work delivery is shaped by the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa.  The six key principles of the YDSA are:

  • Youth development is shaped by the ‘big picture’.
  • Youth development is about young people being connected.
  • Youth development is based on a consistent strengths-based approach.
  • Youth development happens through quality relationships.
  • Youth development is triggered when young people fully participate.
  • Youth development needs good information.

In combination, these principles contribute to the desired result of positive youth development, where young people gain a:

  • Sense of contributing something of value to society
  • Feeling of connectedness to others and to society
  • Belief that they have choices about their future
  • Feeling of being positive and comfortable with their own identity.

The aims of the YDSA

  • All young people have opportunities to establish positive connections to their key social environments.
  • Government policy and practice reflect a positive youth development approach.
  • All young people have access to a range of youth development opportunities.

The goals of YDSA

  • Ensuring a consistent strengths-based youth development approach.
  • Developing skilled people to work with young people.
  • Creating opportunities for young people to actively participate and engage.
  • Building knowledge on youth development through information and research.

The full Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa can be downloaded here

We abide by the Ara TaiOhi Code of Ethics which provides an agreed set of guidelines for youth work in Aotearoa to ensure that youth work is carried out in a safe, skilled, and ethical manner.


Social Work

Tūtaki Youth Inc.’s practice framework is formulated from theories and models of social work that are consistent with the overarching vision of Tūtaki. Strengths based practice is a huge component to our work as we see everyone having strengths and the importance of highlighting these. We utilize a model of health during our needs assessment and throughout a client’s care plan which is Te Whare Tapu Wha as this highlights all areas of a person’s wellbeing. Task Centered theory is a framework designed to help clients and practitioners collaborate on specific, measurable and achievable goals. This can be used with individuals, couples and families. Narrative theory is also incorporated into our practice as they allows our clients to explore their own personal story and emphasis what is important to them.

These theories and models of practice are also underpinned by the following ten competence standards from the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) and alongside the ANAZSW Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANAZSW) code of ethics. These are demonstrated by the social worker as they engage in professional relationships with individuals, families, Whānau, Aiga, groups and institutions with whom they work. This ensures that us, as Social Workers are held accountable and ensure we work within a professional, competent and collaborative practice.

  • Competence to practice social work with Maori
  • Competence to practice with different ethnic and cultural groups in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Competence to work respectfully and inclusively with diversity and difference in practice
  • Competence to promote the principles of human rights and social and economic justice
  • Competence to engage in practice which promotes social change
  • Competence to understand and articulate social work theories, indigenous practice knowledge, other relevant theories and social work practice methods and models.
  • Competence to apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgements
  • Competence to promote empowerment of people and communities to enable positive change
  • Competence to practice within legal and ethical boundaries of the social work profession
  • Represents the social work profession with integrity and professionalism

These 10 competence standards are also linked with the ANAZSW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers)

  • Responsibility for Te Tiriti O Waitangi based society
  • Responsibility to the wider community
  • Responsibility to clients
  • Responsibility to agencies and organisations
  • Responsibility to colleagues
  • Responsibility to supervisory relationships
  • Responsibility to self
  • Responsibility for research and Publications


Family Harm Response

Tūtaki Youth Inc.’s Family Harm Response delivery is shaped by the Prevention First strategy and the Turning of the Tide prevention strategy.