We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

In all our work we strive to be child-centred. This helps us to make decisions that are in the best interests of the child.

Children up to the age of 18 make up nearly a quarter of our population, and yet they often have little say in decisions and systems that affect them.

As part of our Listening2Kids project, we promote child-centred thinking among government and non-government agencies, including advice about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

We provide advice on how to consider children in decision-making, using a simple tool, and how to engage with children.

Our Strategy, Rights and Advice Team run the Mai World: Child and Youth Voices work where we routinely seek the views of students through online surveys, to inform our work. These surveys are used to gather children’s ideas about issues, such as the flag referendum, or government policies or legislation. 

When our Monitoring Team visits Oranga Tamariki care or youth justice residences, the staff make sure they talk with children and young people about their experiences in care. Children provide us with unique insights into the care they receive from the state. The feedback we gather from children and young people on our visits is an integral part of the reports made to Oranga Tamariki, as well as the public State of Care report.


Listening2Kids resource

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The Listening2Kids resource helps organisations keep children and young people at the heart of decisions, policies and actions.

It contains practical advice and tools to help you consider children as part of your decision-making, as well as ways to collect children's views and how to use the information when setting priorities, policies and services.

It is designed primarily for government agencies - but is useful for any organisation wanting to include the voices of children in their work.

Check out Listening2Kids