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Child and youth wellbeing strategy

The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, launched on 29 August 2019, 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 Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet led the development of the Strategy, in collaboration with other agencies and 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 provides a unifying framework and way of aligning our efforts. 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.

The Strategy includes a Current Programme of Action, which sets out the policies, initiatives, programmes and plans to help achieve the vision and outcomes. The programme 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.  The Government will deliver on and add to these actions over the next 1–5 years.  The Programme of Action will be updated as new actions commence.

The Strategy also 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.

Find out more 

See the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy in a range of formats.

See the Current Programme of Action 

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

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