Supporting best practice

For organisations working alongside children of prisoners and their families

Verna McFelin, Chief Executive, PILLARS
Verna McFelin, Chief Executive, Pillars

Haere mai, Talofa lava, welcome to Just Us -- the support website of Pillars, a non government, national organisation that provides unique and specialised support for children/tamariki and families/ whanau of prisoners/tangata mouhere, in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Pillars has a strong commitment to supporting organisations working with the children of prisoners, and encouraging best practice. Click to read the Effective Practice Guide.

"Invisible sentence" training

This training was developed by Pillars to offer best practice training to corrections, schools, health professionals, criminal lawyers and organisations working in areas that connect with the children of prisoners.

Jennifer Leahy continues to facilitate the training with her background knowledge of the prison system, and with her years of connection to Pillars.

We offer onsite training for any organisation working with children of prisoners and their families anywhere in New Zealand. We can tailor the workshops around your agency needs.

Training can be arranged at whatever venue works best for you and your team, or at our training centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Contact the Operations Manager on +64 212 864 210 or email:
donna.watson@pillars.org.nz

Childrens' voices

Click through to hear stories of children's experiences.

Our services

Pillars provides:

Research Findings

The findings of "The Study of Children of Prisoners in Aotearoa / New Zealand"A Study of Children of Prisoners. Pillars' first year of research "Invisible Children" and second year research "Causes of and solutions to inter-generational crime": the final report of the study of the children of prisoners September 2011.

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Make a referral to us

You may refer children to the Pillars Programme if they live in South Auckland or Christchurch. Please contact us by email at enquiries@pillars.org.nz