For kids

For Kids

Sometimes our kids need some specific help for them. The following services are offered by Catholic Social Services to support our children live life well

Counselling for Children

It can often be quite helpful for children to have a safe place to talk about what is going on for them. CSS has counsellors in Dunedin that are experienced in helping kids make sense of what is happening and how to get through. All counselling with children will be in consultation with the adults in their life to ensure that this service provides great outcomes for them.

Our ‘Hearing You – Whakarakona Mai’ counsellors provide confidential counselling to children and young people in their school environments. 
Children can self-refer to the school counsellor, our counsellors also accept referrals from teachers, parents, and external agencies. 
Throughout the counselling process, our counsellors encourage the parent/ child, caregiver/child relationship and support and encourage children to communicate with their whānau. If your child’s counsellor has safety concerns they will reach out to you.
If you have any questions please reach out to the Team Leader India Hughes-Chang at
If your child attends one of the following schools and you would like to make a referral to the school’s counsellor please fill out the google form below
Arthur Street School 
Balaclava School 
Balcutha Primary School
Catlins Area School 
Clutha Valley School 
George Street Normal School 
Kaitangata School
Lawrence Area School
Milton School 
Romahapa School 
Rosebank Primary School 
Sacred Heart School 
St Bernadette’s School 
St Brigid’s School 
St Francis Xavier School 
St Joseph’s School 
St Joseph’s Cathedral School
St Mary’s Kaikorai 
St Mary’s Mosgiel
St Peter Chanel School
Stirling School
Waiera South School 
Warepa School
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Seasons for Growth

Making sense of life changes is important for everybody. This group programme especially for children can help kids understand what is going on for them when there is significant change or loss. Seasons for Growth is a well established programme designed by Good Grief Australia and more information can be found by visiting their site found here

Get in touch


Central Otago:
Alexandra Community House
14/20 Centennial Ave
Alexandra 9320

42 Macandrew Road
P O Box 2047
South Dunedin 9044


0800 CSSNOW or 0800277669

Dunedin:              Central Otago: 
(03) 455 3838        (03) 4485385

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Office hours

Monday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday closed

Find us at 42 Macandrew Road, right across the car park from the South Dunedin Catholic Church (see photos below). Plenty of space inside and outside for spending time with your kids.