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Social-emotional skills


Social-emotional skills are the skills needed for children and young people to engage in positive and constructive relationships, and think creatively about how to overcome challenges. This indicator looks at how children and young people perceive their own social-emotional skills, based on aggregate survey responses that measure compassion, respectfulness and trust.

Positive social-emotional skills contribute to children and young people's personal resilience and relationships with those around them. This in turn helps to create an environment where children and young people can take charge of their own wellbeing, as well as feel empathy and concern for the wellbeing of others.

A positive sense of identity and experience of respectful relationships underpins children and young people's ability to express manaakitanga: to show kindness, respect and care for others.

This indicator relates to the 'learning and developing' outcome.

How will we measure this?

  • This indicator will be measured using data from the 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