The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy was launched on 29 August 2019, at Kaitao school in Rotorua. The Strategy sets out a shared understanding of what’s important for child and youth wellbeing, what government is doing, and how others can help.
We want New Zealand to be a place where all children and young people are loved, confident, happy and healthy, and are empowered to reach their full potential.
The Strategy was developed with the help of 10,000 New Zealanders – including over 6000 children and young people, who told us what makes for a good life and what gets in the way. It also draws on the best evidence from social science and cultural wellbeing frameworks.
The Strategy sets the direction for short and longer-term government policy and action. It includes an aspirational vision, nine principles to guide the way we work, and six wellbeing outcomes that outline what children and young people want and need for a good life.
It also includes a current programme of action that agencies are delivering on, and clearly outlines how progress will be measured and reported on so that we can all see the difference being made and where more work might be needed.
The current Programme of Action brings together more than 75 actions and 49 supporting actions led by 20 government agencies. These actions were backed by around $3.5 billion in funding to improve child wellbeing in Budget 2019 and build on the $5.5 billion Families Package in Budget 2018.
A dedicated website for the Strategy will be available shortly – childyouthwellbeing.govt.nz. This website will have fully accessible versions of the Strategy documents.