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).


Tree diagram of ecological model

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.