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

Summary of Being Child-Centred

Download our hand-out that shows how we make decisions that are child-centred, using a 5-step tool.

On the back is a picture we use to describe key parts of the Children's Convention.


At its core, this means: respecting that children have rights and knowing what they are; working out what’s in children’s best interests; considering how your decisions (policies, processes, designs) can impact on children; taking children’s views into account; and, finally, using all of this information to make a decision that upholds children's rights and does what is best for them.

Why be child-centred?

A quarter of New Zealand's population are children who depend on adults for their needs to be met. Understanding and considering children's needs are important aspects of the work of any organisation.

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How to be child-centred

You can be child-centred by gathering relevant information and making decisions according to children's best interests. We have developed an easy-to-follow tool to help you achieve this.

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