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

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 and whānau are thriving; family and whānau members support each other; there are opportunities for individual and collective growth; and all members of their family and whānau have their needs met. A community has achieved child wellbeing when all children and their whānau have their rights fulfilled and the conditions are in place to enable all children to participate in society and plan, develop and achieve meaningful lives.

The graphic below, that we refer to as the Wellbeing Wheel shows the different areas that we need to pay attention to when we are working towards wellbeing.  The areas are the same whether we are thinking about an individual child’s wellbeing, or child wellbeing in a community or society. Notice that children’s participation is essential in all areas.

The Wellbeing Wheel


Enabling child wellbeing


Child wellbeing is an overarching situation that can only be achieved when certain conditions are met. One of these conditions is that children are not experiencing poverty and inequality. Removing poverty and inequality is not enough on its own to ensure that every child is experiencing wellbeing, but this work needs to be among the first things we do to make progress towards child wellbeing.

For more information on what can be done see our Giving2Kids section on the website. For more information on the Office of the Children's Commissioner's work on poverty, read our child poverty section on the website.