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.
- In partnership with The Workshop, the Child Wellbeing Unit facilitated a two-day wānanga to deepen understanding of brain development and how to support it.
Magic Play Box creates outside-the-box thinkingA Magic Play Box, containing a range of upcycled materials such as rope, pipes, wheels, crates and wood, is encouraging Apanui School students to explore their imagination through free and unstructured play.
Students leading the way for a healthy futureTake up water and put down the fizzy drink! That’s the wero that 52 West Auckland schools have accepted, ending the consumption of sugary drinks and elevating the importance of wai through a student-led approach.
Living by the moonlight: MaramatakaA group of West Auckland students are learning how Maramataka (the traditional Māori lunar cycle) can affect their emotions, mood, energy, mahi (work) and taiao (the environment).
Success for all – no-one left behindA coordinated, community-led initiative, based in the Gore District, is targeting children and young people who might be falling behind, through early identification and response.
Future Leaders making a difference in their backyards and beyondWhen COVID-19 hit, many of the challenges faced by young people living in rural communities became even harder. But COVID also provided an opportunity for young people in the Future Leaders programme to demonstrate the quality of their leadership.
Poetry is back!White Ribbon’s annual spoken word competition gives young people a voice so their thoughts on family harm and violence against women can be heard. Theis year's theme is Respectful Relationships, which research shows is a protection against violence
Fake news and online safetyTeaching kids about what’s real and what’s not can be tricky, but it’s important they understand that just because something is online, doesn’t mean it’s true. Netsafe has new resources to tackle misinformation and help with other online challenges experienced by children and young people.
New resources to support child focussed, community-led activityA new set of resources aims to support and encourage child-focussed, community-led activity that will lead to positive change at a local level.