We support children and young people to have a voice in matters that affect them.
Children and young people have the right to express a view, and to have their view given due weight in decisions that affect them. Enabling children’s participation in decision making upholds their right to have a say and be heard, and advances their best interests and leads to better decision-making overall.
The Children’s Commissioner has a statutory obligation to ensure “the views of children are taken into account in the exercise or performance of the Commissioner’s functions”.
We encourage other organisations to support children and young people to have a voice in matters that affect them and to be child-centred.
We hear and share the views of children and young people across both our monitoring functions and in our systemic advocacy. The Children’s Commissioner is informed by children and young people’s views.
One of the means by which our office supports the children and young people of Aotearoa to share their views is through Mai World, our child and youth voices project.
Mai World: Child and Youth Voices
Mai World demonstrates how children and young people can be supported to exercise their right to have a say under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand, where we have Te Tiriti o Waitangi as our founding document.
Our Mai World project is a proactive approach to hearing children’s views. We demonstrate best practice child and youth engagement, and give advice to other agencies and groups about how they can support children and young people to have a say.
Learn more about our Mai World: Child and Youth Voices project.
Learn about how to engage with children and young people