We regularly collect children’s views on various issues to inform our work
We include children's voices and perspective in our work, and give them the chance to have a say on government policy and decisions
This section includes views and voices of children from our engagement with them. We include children's voices and perspective in our work, and help them to have a say on government policy and decisions.
We invite you to use this information in your work. If you re-use quotes, please reference the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
So far in 2017 we have asked children and young people their perspectives on culture, having a say (especially to government), bullying, education and learning. We have sent feedback to participating schools for completed surveys, and you can see our latest reports here.
We also engaged with young people at PolyFest in Auckland to ask, and share, their perspectives on their cultures. Those who signed up to our newsletter will receive a report on this engagement.
In November 2016 we submitted on the government's proposed Education Act (Update) Amendment Bill, including voices of young people who answered a survey. This is what kids say about education and achievement. This Bill will create legislation that affects children's lives now, during their own childhoods, and for their futures. Our submission states that taking children's views into account is absolutely necessary for these reforms.
In July 2016, we asked children what they thought about riding bikes on the footpath. They told us that a lot of children do this and they don't know it's illegal. This informed our submission to the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee (government) on a petition to allow children under 14, and other vulnerable footpath users, to ride their bikes legally on appropriate footpaths.
Other consultation topics have been:
Over the years we have consulted children on a number of issues that impact on them. Below are the broad subject areas and links to the results of these engagements with children and young people.
We have undertaken several consultations with children on their experiences of living in poverty and their views on solutions to child poverty.
Included in these are sub-topics of “housing”, “education”, “health”, “recreation activities”, “drugs and alcohol”, “parents and family”, “income and resources”, “community”.
We have a role to monitor Child, Youth and Family. In doing this, we talk to children and young people in state care about their experiences, concerns, hopes and expectations.
Included in this feedback are sub-topics of “transitions from care”, “expectations”, “social worker”, “voice in decision-making”, “parents and family”, “advocates”.
The views from children and young people in care are included in:
We have carried out consultations with children and young people around issues and solutions for vulnerable children, particularly around the release of the Government's Green Paper on Vulnerable Children in 2011.
Included are sub-topics of “a good childhood”, “being fair”, “government’s role”, “drugs and alcohol”, “parents and family”, “schools”, “community”.