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    The Child Wellbeing Unit is not available for walk-in enquiries, but you can contact us through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC): Contact details Office of the Chief Executive Level 8 Executive Wing Parliament Buildings Wellington...

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    In our news and media section, you can find releases and updates related to the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. If you'd like more advanced filtering, see the news archive.

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    Crown copyright Copyright material on the Child and Youth Wellbeing website is protected by copyright owned by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on behalf of the Crown. Unless indicated otherwise for specific items or collections of...

  • About us

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    This website is operated by the Child Wellbeing & Poverty Reduction Group of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Government wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her...

  • How to get involved

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    Most New Zealanders already support the wellbeing of children and young people - in their homes, marae, schools and other learning centres, churches, clubs, businesses, and in health and social services and local government. The Strategy framework...

  • Community

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    New Zealanders who helped develop the strategy said it must be bigger than government. Three-quarters of New Zealanders agree that everyone has responsibility to care for children and young people in their community. In fact, most people already support...

  • Our aspirations

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    Our vision for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is a bold one – that New Zealand is the best place in the world for children and young people.  Never before has there been a better opportunity to realise this aspiration. View...

  • Strategy development

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    The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet led the development of the Strategy, in collaboration with other agencies and with input from people and groups across New Zealand. We heard from over 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000...

  • Share your stories

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    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. Send us your ideas or feedback, or let us know about...

  • Outcomes

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    The Strategy sets out six high-level and interconnected wellbeing outcomes, that reflect what children and young people said was important to them. These outcomes signpost the social, economic and environmental factors needed for...

  • Outcome: Loved, safe and nurtured

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    This means: they feel loved and supported they have family, whānau and homes that are loving, safe and nurturing they are safe from unintentional harm they are safe from intentional harm (including neglect, and emotional, physical and sexual abuse...

  • Outcome: Have what they need

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    This means: they and their parents / caregivers, have a good standard of material wellbeing they have regular access to nutritious food they live in stable housing that is affordable, warm and dry their parents / caregivers have the skills and...

  • Outcome: Happy and healthy

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    This means: they have the best possible health, starting before birth they build self-esteem and resilience they have good mental wellbeing and recover from trauma they have spaces and opportunities to play and express themselves creatively they...

  • Measuring success

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    The legislation underpinning the Strategy ensures real public transparency and political accountability for reporting on child and youth wellbeing. There will be an annual report to Parliament on achievement of the outcomes, with the first report due in...

  • Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

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    Issue date: 29 Aug 2019

      Foreword Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Many of us have often heard it said that 'New Zealand is a great place to raise a family' or even that it's the 'best place in the world'. But how often do we take the time to view this statement...

  • Actions

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    The Programme of Action draws on evidence about what works, focuses on where the urgent needs are, and gets started on the longer-term changes needed to transform systems and services to improve the wellbeing of children and young people.  It ...

  • Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

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    Issue date: 29 Aug 2019

    With the help of over 10,000 New Zealanders, the Government has prepared this national strategy to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people under the age of 25. Their wellbeing today, tomorrow and in the coming years matters to all of us....

  • The Strategy framework

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    The Strategy provides an overarching framework for the work of government and others to align with.  It includes a vision to aspire to, nine principles to guide the way we work six wellbeing outcomes to set the direction and indicators for...

  • Guiding principles

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    The following nine principles reflect the values New Zealanders have said are important. They guide the development of the Strategy and its implementation.  These principles promote wellbeing and equity for all children and young people.  They...

  • Next steps

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    This first ever Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is an exciting step forward. It makes headway on addressing complex problems, consistent with what New Zealanders identified as important to them.  However a single strategy and programme of action...

  • Context

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    The way we treat children and young people, the way we look after their wellbeing, and ensure their lives are full of opportunity says so much about what kind of country we are. Positive childhood experiences are critical to their wellbeing in the...

  • Opportunity and challenges

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    While most children and young people in New Zealand experience wellbeing, too many children and young people and their families face social challenges like poverty, inequality, violence, addiction, and poor mental wellbeing that impact them and their...

  • New Zealand's children and young people

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    There are currently around 1.6 million New Zealanders under the age of 25, representing about 33% of our population.  This population is increasingly diverse, with more and more children and young people identifying with multiple ethnicities and...

  • Introduction to the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

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    Ensuring we love, care for and nurture all our children and young people throughout their lives is the most important task we have. The Strategy is our collective call to action. It sets the direction for short and longer-term government...

  • Actions by outcome

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    Just as the outcomes are interconnected, so too are the actions. While categorised under a single outcome, they will often achieve progress across several or all outcomes.  Priority has been given to actions that will:  reduce child poverty...

  • Actions for 'Outcome: Happy and healthy'

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    We are prioritising work to improve youth mental wellbeing, the maternity system, and support in the early years. Action focus areas Improve maternity and early years support Redesign maternity services through the five-year Maternity Whole of...

  • Actions for 'Outcome: Loved, safe and nurtured'

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    Our focus is on supporting families and whānau to provide safe, loving and nurturing homes, and preventing children and young people experiencing abuse or neglect, or being exposed to family or sexual violence. Action focus areas...

  • Engagement

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    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...

  • Outcome: Learning and developing

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    This means: they are positively engaged with, progressing and achieving in education they develop the social, emotional and communication skills they need as they progress through life  they have the knowledge, skills and encouragement to...

  • Outcome: Accepted, respected and connected

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    This means: they feel accepted, respected and valued at home, school, in the community and online they feel manaakitanga: kindness, respect and care for others they live free from racism and discrimination they have stable and healthy relationships...

  • Outcome: Involved and empowered

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    This means:  they contribute positively at home, at school and in their communities they exercise kaitiakitanga: care of the land and connection to nature they have their voices, perspectives, and opinions listened to and taken into account...

  • Actions for 'Outcome: Have what they need'

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    Our priority is reducing child poverty by improving the material wellbeing of households in poverty and hardship. This focus has the potential to break the cycle of disadvantage and intergenerational poverty, and improve many other wellbeing outcomes....

  • Actions for 'Outcome: Learning and developing'

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    Government has launched a programme of review across the education sector to improve equity and ensure no-one misses out. An immediate priority is on children and young people who need extra support in the education system. Action focus...

  • Actions for 'Outcome: Accepted, respected and connected'

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    We want to build cultural competency into the design and delivery of services, and promote a society where all children and young people feel accepted and included. Action focus areas Address racism and discrimination Government work programme...