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Harmful Sexual Behaviour Services

The Ministry is leading the funding and development of services for non-mandated adults to address harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). Oranga Tamariki leads the development and funding of HSB services for children and young people.

The aim is to achieve services for non-mandated adults that:

  • address different levels of risk and needs
  • are sustainable and effective
  • are accessible, responsive and aligned with the principles of risk, need and responsivity
  • contribute to reducing offending and reoffending.

Service Development

During 2017 we consulted with key providers of harmful sexual behaviour services around what good practice HSB services look like and where some of the current service delivery challenges and gaps are.

Our findings from the service development process are summarised in our Service Development Report.

Service Guidelines

The Service Development Report was used to inform the development of new service guidelines for the non-mandated adult HSB service.

Find out more about Service Guidelines for the non-mandated adult HSB service

Kaupapa Māori HSB Pilot

During the HSB service development with providers, we identified a gap in the provision of specific Kaupapa Māori HSB services for non-mandated adults.

To help address this, the Ministry ran a competitive tender process in August 2017 to seek a provider to pilot the provision of HSB services for non-mandated adults within a kaupapa Māori framework.

Kaupapa Māori service Korowai Tumanako was awarded the contract to work holistically with Māori adults who have engaged in HSB and their whānau support networks to help prevent sexual harm, increase safety, and restore and enhance the mana of whānau and communities.

Find out more about Korowai Tumanako

The pilot is being run in Te Atatu, Auckland, until 30 June 2019. It is being evaluated by the Sapere Research Group, partnering with Rachael Tuwhangai (an independent kaupapa Māori researcher and evaluator).

The pilot and its evaluation will contribute to the evidence base in relation to whānau-violence prevention and intervention programmes, and to the development of an integrated service model.