To help determine where government should focus its efforts, we sought input from thousands of New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people. Engagement work has continued throughout the implementation of the Strategy
Development of the Strategy
To develop the draft framework for the Strategy, and to help determine where government should focus its efforts, we drew together thinking from wellbeing models and frameworks, the best evidence from social science, and input from thousands of New Zealanders.
With the support of partner agencies, we've engaged with and/or received feedback from more than 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people. The engagement process included multiple meetings, focus groups, child and adult surveys, postcards to the Prime Minister and written submissions.
Input included people sharing their values, personal experiences, stories, and research, analysis, relevant material, and/or comments on child and youth wellbeing. 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.
A full report summarising New Zealanders’ input received during this engagement is available along with specific reports from the engagement with children and young people, and with iwi and Māori groups. Findings from other consultation processes such as the education conversation and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction were also taken into account.
We want to keep hearing from people as this work progresses, to ensure the Strategy continues to address the issues and challenges facing New Zealand’s children and young people and their whānau.
We're also continuing to work with others to build awareness of the Strategy and encourage alignment with the Strategy Framework. This includes co-designing practical guides and resources eg resources to support child-focused, community-led activity and Local Government guidance to support child and youth wellbeing. You can find more in the resources section.
Review of the Strategy
Under the legislation, a review of the Strategy must be completed within three years of the Strategy’s publication. This means the review is due to be completed by 18 August 2022.
The review was informed by:
- findings of various recent reports and evaluations of specific work programmes
- findings from a process evaluation we commissioned
- insights and themes from a range of research and consultation exercises undertaken since the development of the Strategy
- some small-scale targeted engagement with key stakeholder groups, including with children and young people and with representatives of iwi and Māori.
The review findings and recommendations, and related engagement summary reports, were released in August/Sept 2023.
- See the Strategy Review findings and recommendations
- See the Summary Engagement Reports related to the Strategy Review
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