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Quality time with parents


Quality time helps build strong and enduring attachments between children and their parents or caregivers, and wider whānau. This indicator looks at whether children and young people (aged 12-18) believe they get to spend enough time with the people who look after or care for them.

Spending quality time can include spending down time together, doing activities or playing together, and children and young people having periods of undivided attention from their parents or caregivers. For parents and caregivers, this often means having unpressured time, energy and the headspace to be able to really focus on their children. 

Spending time with family is important for nurturing strong relationships, and is part of creating an environment in which children and young people are best supported in their development and growth. This is also important for children and young people in the care of Oranga Tamariki.

During the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, children told us about how they want to be able to cook and have kai with their whānau, play with their cousins, see their grandparents and simply spend time with their parents, families and whānau.

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

How will this be measured

  • This indicator will be measured using data from the first Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?'
  • Baseline data from the survey is expected in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020