The Government wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her role as the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, is the lead Minister of this work. The work is being led by the Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group, which sits within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The group was established in February 2018 and consists of two units:
Child Poverty Unit
The Child Poverty Unit has been established to support the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. The Unit’s role includes:
- supporting the implementation requirements of the recently passed Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018
- supporting agencies to implement the legislation
- working with others to identify actions and policies for reducing child poverty
- providing advice to Ministers on child related matters
- working closely with the Child Wellbeing Unit on poverty-related aspects of the Wellbeing Strategy.
Child Wellbeing Unit
The Child Wellbeing Unit is leading the development and implementation of New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Strategy for children and young people. The Strategy sets out the actions the Government intends to take to improve the wellbeing of all New Zealand children – now and in the future. The Unit’s role is to:
overseeing the implementation of the Strategy.
seeking input and advice from a range of individuals, groups and agencies, including children and young people, Māori and other stakeholders.
considering the interests and needs of all children and young people, with a particular focus on child poverty and socio-economic disadvantage and those with greater needs.
providing advice on the policies and actions intended to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people and leading or co-ordinating cross-agency advice on the five priority policy areas under the Strategy.
Chief Science Advisor – Child Poverty Reduction
In addition to the Unit, Professor Richie Poulton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Science Advisor to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. The role provides a direct line of independent advice to the Minister, with a focus on child wellbeing and poverty reduction.
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