During the development of the Strategy, we heard from more than 6,000 children and young people about what a good life is and what they thought were the most important areas to focus on to make things better for all children and young people.
The 'What makes a good life?' summary report outlines the engagement undertaken with children and young people, as part of the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. It was produced by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki, who we commissioned to lead the engagement with children and young people.
The findings outlined in the 'What makes a good life?' report were incorporated into the 'Have your say' summary report, which captures insights and themes from the wider public engagement.
Review of the Strategy
Between June and July 2022, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC), in partnership with other agencies and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, undertook a series of workshops with children and young people. This was to help inform the Review of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, and aimed to find out how government can better support and empower children and young people to have their voice heard.
Engagements with children and young people undertaken by other organisations
To help raise the visibility of insights and perspectives of children and young people, we have pulled together a collection of New Zealand-based reports relating to recent engagements (2018 onwards) with children and young people.
The engagements were undertaken by government agencies, NGOs, universities and youth-led initiatives, and ranged from small qualitative engagements targeting specific population groups, to more extensive surveys involving thousands of children and young people.
The engagement activities cover a wide range of topics, including general wellbeing, health and mental health, environment, employment and transitions. They have been grouped under tag-words drawn from key themes highlighted in the engagement reports.