New Zealanders who helped develop the strategy said it must be bigger than government.
Three-quarters of New Zealanders agree that everyone has responsibility to care for children and young people in their community. In fact, most people already support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families every day in their homes, their work and their neighbourhoods.
One way of thinking about the diﬀerent roles and responsibilities for children and young people is the ‘ecological’ model presented here. It shows the diﬀerent levels of social inﬂuences around a child (adapted from Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory).
When implementing the Strategy, we need to draw on the knowledge, insights and interest of children and families, local government, iwi, non-governmental organisations, business and community sectors and learn from successful community-led initiatives.
The Strategy can also guide those working with children and young people about what they want and need to live a good life and where greater focus is needed.
Find out more about how you can get involved.
Read about some of the innovative community-led projects and activities from around New Zealand.
- The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy framework remains a critical lens for the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We've pulled together an overview of recent investments that support child wellbeing and poverty reduction, including immediate actions taken to respond to COVID-19, as well as Budget 2020 and COVID Relief and Recovery Fund investments.
Youth Week 2020Aotearoa Youth Week 2020 is being celebrated, like never before - in our bubbles and online! This year’s theme ‘We are speaking, are you listening?’, chosen by young people, is an invitation to conversation.
Young creative geniuses help reinforce COVID-19 messagesIn response to a shout-out from the NZ Police, children and young people have been putting their creativity to the test.
Youth Pulse Check online survey - now liveA new online survey is exploring the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on young people, and will inform the development of further support for rangatahi over the coming months and beyond.
Bald Angels #Summer of the MulletThe Bald Angels, a Kerikeri based charity, is organising a fundraiser with a difference to support its work with Northland’s at-risk youth.
Bedtime stories from prisonThe simple act of story-reading is helping to maintain connections between children and their imprisoned parents, while also increasing literacy.
Young entrepreneurs support child and youth wellbeingThe recent Young Enterprise Scheme national finals celebrated the entrepreneurial successes of secondary students from around the country, with many of the initiatives focused on improving child and youth wellbeing.
Students awarded for digital solutionsThe national finals of the 123Tech Challenge, the tech industry's in-school challenge, showcased a wealth of innovative problem-solving talent from primary, intermediate and secondary school students around the country.
Life-skills = work-ready skillsA series of short videos that highlight the wide range of life-skills young people acquire through everyday activities - in and out of school - that are relevant to the world of work.