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Social support


Social support is knowing you have one or more trusted friends, family or whānau to turn to when times are difficult. This indicator looks at the number of children and young people who report having a system of support they can access.

Strong social support is important to maintain a sense of safety, as well as to build and maintain resilience. Having external support in times of crisis reduces the likelihood of significant negative outcomes, such as spiralling debt, homelessness, and suicide.

We heard through the consultation on the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy that young people want to have someone they can turn to in times of difficulty. Social support is particularly important for younger adults, particularly those no longer living with their parents.

This indicator will specifically look at the proportion of children and young people (aged 12-18 years) who report having an adult they can turn to if they were going through a difficult time and needed help.

This indicator relates to the 'accepted, respected and connected' 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