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Child & Youth Wellbeing: Summary Report on Submissions

Monday, April 08, 2019   Posted in: Healthy Christchurch Notices By: Administrator With tags: families, children, youth, wellbeing, submission, Report

Update from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - Child and Youth Wellbeing

Thank you to everyone who made time to share their ideas and perspectives about what will help improve the lives of our children and young people.  With the support of partner agencies, we heard from more than 10,000 New Zealanders from a range of different backgrounds and experiences, including frontline workers, community groups, NGO’s and local government. In particular, we've made a real effort to hear from children and young people, Māori and iwi groups, and those whose voices are less often heard.  A summary report of the public engagement is now available on our website, and is outlined below.

What we asked

We asked people to tell us what good wellbeing means to them, what are the things that get in the way, and what we can do to help children and young people have a good life, now and in the future.

 We also asked for specific feedback on the proposed Outcomes Framework, including the vision statement, principles, outcome statements, and an indicative list of 16 potential focus areas.  

What we heard

Overall, the feedback reflects a strong desire for a fairer society where every child has the best start in life and has what they need to thrive.

There’s enormous support for a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, with people expressing high hopes and expectation that something real and tangible will come from it.

Key insights

  • Change is needed, and it’s needed now.
  • The Strategy needs to be bigger than the government of the day.
  • Local communities are integral to the success of the Strategy.
  • The Strategy needs to have a focus on family and whānau wellbeing.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi should be a clear and empowering dimension of the Strategy.
  • The Strategy needs to focus on reducing inequity.
  • A good life is more than the bare basics.
  • Children and young people have a right to be included in the decision making process.
  • Invest in ensuring all kids get a great education.
  • Focus on early intervention and specifically the first 1000 days.
  • Government, agencies, and community services need to work together better.

 Read the full 'Have your Say: Summary report' online.

Next steps

The rich feedback outlined in the report builds on insights from previous research and engagement, and is helping to shape the direction and content of the first Strategy, due to be published later this year.

 While the initial phase of public engagement is now complete, we want to keep hearing from people as this work progresses. Share your views and ideas by email to childyouthwellbeing[at]

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch