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Feeling loved


Feeling loved and receiving affirmation of unconditional love is important for children and young people, and their wellbeing. This indicator looks at the proportion of children and young people (aged 12-18 years) who feel they are loved by the people who look after or care for them.

During the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, having supportive family and friends was the second most common theme identified in children and young people's responses to the question of what a good life means to them. A key part of this theme was that children should not only be loved, but they should feel loved by their family, whānau and friends.

Children who feel loved are more likely to have strong self-identity, self-confidence and greater resilience. Feeling loved is an important element of a supportive and caring environment in which children and young people can thrive. Children who grow up feeling loved are also more likely to become compassionate adults, supporting better wellbeing for future generations.

This indicator relates to the 'loved, safe and nurtured' outcome.

How will this be measured?

  • This indicator will be measured from data from the first Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?' to be conducted in 2021.
  • The baseline data will be available in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020