To develop the draft framework for the Strategy, and to help determine where government should focus its efforts, we drew together thinking from wellbeing models and frameworks, the best evidence from social science, and input from thousands of New Zealanders.
With the support of partner agencies, we've engaged with and/or received feedback from more than 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people. The engagement process included multiple meetings, focus groups, child and adult surveys, postcards to the Prime Minister and written submissions.
Input included people sharing their values, personal experiences, stories, and research, analysis, relevant material, and/or comments on child and youth wellbeing. In particular, we made a real effort to hear from children and young people, Māori and iwi groups, and those whose voices are less often heard.
A full report summarising New Zealanders’ input received during this engagement is available along with specific reports from the engagement with children and young people, and with iwi and Māori groups. Findings from recent consultation processes such as the education conversation and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction have also been taken into account.
While the initial phase of seeking submissions and public feedback is now complete, this is just the start of the conversation. We want to keep hearing from people as this work progresses, to ensure the Strategy continues to address the issues and challenges facing New Zealand’s children and young people and their whānau.
We're also continuing to work with others to build awareness of the Strategy and encourage alignment with the Strategy Framwork through the co-design of practical guides and resources eg resources to support child-focussed, community-led activity.
Planning is underway for a process evaluation of the Strategy, which will help inform the first review of the Strategy, required under the legislation at least once every three years. The legislation also outlines the minimum consultation requirements for the review of the Strategy, including consultation with children and young people and with representatives of iwi and Māori. The reviewed/refreshed Strategy is due to be published by August 2022.
In the meantime, send us your ideas or feedback, or let us know about innovative and community-led initiatives. We'd love to hear from you!
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