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

Our engagement is based on empowerment, relationship building, and children’s rights.

  • Empowerment means that young people are respected, listened to, and know that they are making a difference for others.
  • Relationship building  means that time is taken to develop  trusting relationships with young people and the adults in their communities.
  • Young people have the right to express their views and to have these taken into account; they have the right to be fully informed about the purpose and intended outcomes of the engagement, and to refuse to  participate at any time in the engagement. They have the right to receive information on the influence of the engagement and to correct any personal information.

These examples use different methods of engagement, to assist children and young people to express their views, have their voices heard and incorporated into our work and that of other agencies. Sometimes the tools are adapted for use with a group of children with particular needs.

Case studies

Tama-te-ra Ariki - in-depth engagement with Tamariki & rangatahi Māori: June 2018

Modelling how to do in-depth engagement with a group of tamariki and rangatahi Māori to learn more about their lived experience.

The Education matters to me series: May 2018

An example of child and youth engagement through combined methods: face to face, postcard and survey.

Listening to young New Zealanders: Feb 2018 - Office of Film and Literature Classification

Engaging with young people on viewing sexual violence in entertainment media. 

Transforming Respite: Feb 2018 - Disability Support Services, Ministry of Health

Engaging with a range of children and young people with disabilities: high and complex needs, autism and cerebral palsy.

Te Whānau Aroha: Feb 2018

A youth advisory group made up of young people experienced in the State care system came together to advise the then Minister for Children on State Care.

Engaging young people at festivals and fairs: Feb 2018

Engaging with a large number of Pacific young people at a festival, using a range of engagement tools.

Children’s views on the Ōtākaro Avon River: June 2017

Regenerate Christchurch involved 5-12 year olds in the engagement and planning process for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration.