Child and Youth Wellbeing Update - Strategy review

on 20 June


New collection raises visibility of child and youth insights

“Check and see who else has engaged with us – (it’s frustrating) going back and forwards saying the same thing to different people.”

These quotes came from young people involved in the workshops undertaken as part of the review of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.  We asked children and young people how government can better support and empower them to have their voice heard. Their feedback about wanting engagement to not just be a tick-box exercise, and wanting their voice to be used to effect change, helped inform one of the recommendations of the review: to make the findings of engagements more accessible "so that they can be used to inform a range of other work".

As a result, a new Child and Youth Engagement Reports collection has been established on our website, to help raise the visibility of insights and perspectives of children and young people. We want to ensure their voices help to inform and influence policy development, programmes and services delivery, along with future engagements.

The collection pulls together reports of Aotearoa-based engagements undertaken by government agencies, NGOs, universities and youth-led initiatives. They cover a wide range of wellbeing areas, and range from small, qualitative engagements targeting specific population groups, to more extensive surveys involving thousands of children and young people.

There’s also a story below about the Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database platform, which aims to raise the visibility of leadership and representation opportunities available to young people. This was another aspect of the review recommendation.

Find out more about the engagement reports collection
“It makes me feel good to know that I've contributed to something positive. Don't let us sit here and guess if my voice has been useful... show us that you care.”

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