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Guide to making a submission

To develop the initial Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy we wish to draw on the knowledge, insights and interest of children and families themselves, local government, iwi, service providers, academics and the non-government organisation (NGO), business and community sectors. We also want to learn from successful community-led initiatives.

We invite submissions to help inform the initial Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

We are keen for submitters to comment on the major priorities for improving child and youth wellbeing, and what specific activities are required. Themes from submissions, alongside other engagement feedback, will provide insights and perspectives to inform the development of the initial Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 5 December 2018.

The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy – an overview

The Child Poverty Reduction Bill requires the creation of New Zealand's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

The Strategy will commit Government to set and report on its actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people.

The Strategy will set out how Government will deliver on its vision: New Zealand is the best place in the world for children and young people.

The Child Poverty Reduction Bill requires the Strategy to address:

  • Improving the wellbeing of all children;
  • Improving, as a particular focus, the wellbeing of children with greater needs;
  • Reducing child poverty and mitigating the impacts of child poverty and socioeconomic disadvantage experienced by children;
  • Improving the wellbeing of core populations of interest to Oranga Tamariki.

The Bill requires the Strategy to set the outcomes it is seeking and to indicate whether these can be measured, how they will be measured, along with the likely effect of government policies whose aim is or includes reducing child poverty or mitigating the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage.

Policy work on the Strategy has identified that:

  • the Strategy will recognise the foundational role of the Treaty of Waitangi and the importance of the Crown-Māori partnership in work to promote the wellbeing of New Zealand's children and young people;
  • the Strategy will help progress New Zealand's commitments to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, along with other related commitments.

The Cabinet papers detailing the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy to date are available below:

Proposed outcomes framework – an overview

Planning and scoping work for the initial Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy has commenced, along with a programme of public engagement activities.

Cabinet has agreed on a proposed outcomes framework for the initial Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy as a basis for public engagement. The proposed outcomes framework contains:

  • A vision statement;
  • Wellbeing domains;
  • Desired outcomes;
  • 16 potential focus areas for the first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy;
  • Seven principles which underpin its approach to wellbeing.

An overview of the proposed outcomes framework, approved by Cabinet for public engagement purposes, is available for download.

Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy: proposed outcomes framework (PDF, 789 KB)

What we are keen to hear from submitters

The Government is seeking public feedback on:

  • The framing of wellbeing for the initial Strategy;
  • The proposed vision statement for the initial Strategy;
  • The proposed set of outcomes sought for all children and young people;
  • The 16 potential focus areas proposed for the initial Strategy.

We are keen for submitters to provide direct feedback on these proposals. The proposed outcomes framework A3 document (PDF, 789 KB) and the Cabinet papers below contain contextual background information.

In addition, we are interested in broader views of what needs to change – and how change can be achieved – to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in New Zealand.

You may wish to share with us:

  • Your ideas for improving the wellbeing of children and young people;
  • Your view on how different parts of New Zealand society (government, local government, iwi, business, NGOs, Churches, etc.) can work individually and/or collectively to improve the wellbeing of children and young people;
  • Research and analysis on aspects of child and youth wellbeing;
  • Any other relevant material and/or comments on the current state of child and youth wellbeing.

Completing your submission

Download the submission template (Word, 127 KB).

Once you have completed your submission, send the completed document to: childandyouthwellbeing@dpmc.govt.nz

Submissions are open until Wednesday 5 December.

Please note that formal submissions will become official information and may be made available under the Official Information Act 1982. Care should be taken to ensure that the submission does not contain any private or sensitive information.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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