Children & Youth Services

“We could see the visible changes in Cathy after attending the Tamariki programme” - Living Free from Family Violence client

It our shared responsibility to protect our children and young people. Aviva’s specialist tamariki (children) and youth (rangitahi) services are designed to promote wellbeing and help break the inter-generational cycle of violence.

Who are Aviva’s Tamariki and Rangitahi services for?

Aviva’s Tamariki (children’s) services are available for children aged between 5 and 12 who have experienced (including having witnessed) family violence.

Our Rangitahi services are for young people aged 13 and above who have experienced (including having witnessed) family violence, or who are at risk of using violence.

How can Aviva help?

For children:

We offer Tamariki Relationship and Individual Safety Education (RISE), a 10-week education and support programme for children (aged 5-12). Course content is delivered in fun and informal way. Children will:

  • develop their own safety plans
  • learn about healthy relationships
  • be supported to build their confidence
  • share with others and ‘break the secret’
  • find appropriate ways to manage their own anger
  • learn what to do when they recognise abuse
  • have a positive, trusting experience with others

Individual programmes are also available for children aged 5-12, who meet certain criteria.

For youth:

Individual support is available for older children and youth (13 and over) from our Youth Services Team. Support is delivered by compassionate, professionally qualified Family Support Workers. They are passionate about supporting youth and their whānau to become safe and recognise their potential.


Contact us or make a referral

  • Call us on (03) 378 3847 or 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669) - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people in Canterbury
  • Email [email protected] (this inbox is checked Monday-Friday, 9-5)
  • If you are a social service or other referring agency, please complete a referral form and forward to Aviva by email