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Policy development

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 Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is leading the development of the Strategy, with direction and input from people and groups across New Zealand.

The Child Poverty Reduction 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.

Cabinet 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.

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

To inform the development of the strategy, we're drawing on existing research and building on insights that individuals and groups have already shared through government and other engagements in recent years.

Following an initial scoping process, we've just completed a public engagement and feedback process.  We've heard from people of all ages and from all walks of life across New Zealand. In particular, we made a real effort to hear from children and young people, Māori and iwi groups, and those whose voices are less often heard.

Find out more about our engagement process.

See the Proposed Outcomes Framework and potential focus areas which formed the basis of the Child and Youth Wellbeing consultation process.

See Cabinet Papers which detail the development of the Strategy.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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