he Monitoring of Strategy Implementation report covers the year ending June 2020 and provides updates on the actions and work programmes. It highlights how central government agencies are progressively aligning their activities to the outcomes in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy (the Strategy). It also includes examples of how the Strategy is being socialised beyond central government, to help grow collective action.
New actions and investment
The Strategy’s strong focus on reducing child poverty and mitigating the impacts of socio-economic disadvantage, improving the wellbeing of children and young people with greater needs, and reducing inequity of outcomes is even more important given the impacts of COVID-19. The report outlines new investment made through Budget 2020 and the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, which responds to the early and expected impacts of the pandemic on children and young people. The Programme of Action will continue to evolve in response to new and emerging needs.
The briefing paper to Ministers, which accompanied the Monitoring Report, also provides an updated on priority policy work underway.