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

Reducing Child Poverty

The current Government has made a commitment to reducing child poverty and enhancing child and youth wellbeing. This includes developing new legislation that will introduce targets to reduce child poverty, and creating a child and youth wellbeing framework and strategy. 

You can read more about this work at these links:

https://www.dpmc.govt.nz/our-business-units/child-poverty-unit

https://www.dpmc.govt.nz/our-business-units/child-wellbeing-unit

This means constantly keeping what children, families and whānau need to live good lives at the front of our minds, whether we are politicians, parents, teachers, rangatira, rangatahi or community members (or all of the above). These pages explain more about what wellbeing is and how we can work towards it as a society.

Our understanding of child wellbeing

“Wellbeing” is a complex concept.  We know it when we see it (or its absence) but it is hard to define. We think that:wellbeing is a positive state that is more than just existing
almost everyone aspi...

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What children and young people tell us about wellbeing

We've been talking to children and young people about wellbeing. They are experts in their own lives and this is what they have to say.

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Children's rights and wellbeing

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children’s Convention), which New Zealand signed up to in 1993, sets out the inherent rights of all children. Child wellbeing can only exi...

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Elements of child wellbeing

Wellbeing is a positive state and not simply the absence of negatives. Children experience wellbeing when their family and whānau are connected and united; relationships within and beyond the family a...

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