The Mount Cargill Trust

Children and Young Person's Residential Service

Children and Young Person's Residential ServiceThe Mount Cargill Trust provides residential care for children and young people with an intellectual disability and/or an autistic spectrum diagnosis in a 'home like' and nurturing environment in the Dunedin community. 


To provide a place that 'feels like home' where the care and dedicated support allows every child and young person to fulfill their potential in a safe and caring environment. 

The interests, well-being and future of every child and young person cared for by The Mount Cargill Trust is paramount and at the heart of what we do. The Vulnerable Children's Act framework is embedded into the care we provide. 

We offer care and consistent support in the development of every child and young person in our care.  We do this by:
  • Providing the opportunity for every child/young person to experience stability, a sense of belonging through positive relationships, and are able to explore and be confident with their own identity. 
  • Working collaboratively with others involved directly in care provisions and supports for the children and young people e.g. Oranga Tamariki, Social Workers, Families, Explore, Schools and Youth Specialty Services. 
  • Ensuring every child/young person has educational opportunities that enable them to meet their full potential. 
  • Balancing he needs of the individual child/young person and the social dynamics of the community in which they live to allow individuals to develop skills and independence to take them positively into adulthood. 
  • Taking an active approach to learning and living where children/young people are supported and encouraged to particpate in a range of social and leisure activities. 
  • Support the development of daily living skills. 
  • Understanding and addressing individual needs in terms of age, gender, race, sexuality and disability as well as meeting specific cultural and religious needs. 

Child Protection Policy

Our Child Protection Policy aims to protect the safety and promote the wellbeing of children and young persons aged under 18 years, who live in the care of The Mount Cargill Trust. The Service provides a safe environment, free from physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse.

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  • All complaints will be treated seriously.
  • The priority is to try and resolve it quickly and fairly within 5 working days.
  • You will be kept informed about the progress and process.
  • We will discuss the outcome with you.
  • You may choose to have an advocate or support person involved with your complaint at any stage.
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