New Zealand, the first country that successfully overcomes the Covid-19 pandemic, has launched The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy that sets out a shared understanding of what’s important for child and youth wellbeing, what government is doing, and how others can help.
NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in the official announcement, “Have you ever heard the saying that New Zealand is the best place in the world to bring up children? What if we flipped that on its head, what if we asked, what we need to do to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child. And that’s essentially the vision that we have for our Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.”
The Strategy sets the direction for short and longer-term government policy and action. It includes an aspirational vision, nine principles to guide the way we work, and six wellbeing outcomes that outline what children and young people want and need for a good life.
It also includes a current programme of action that agencies are delivering on, and clearly outlines how progress will be measured and reported on so that we can all see the difference being made and where more work might be needed.
The current Programme of Action brings together more than 75 actions and 49 supporting actions led by 20 government agencies. These actions were backed by around $3.5 billion in funding to improve child wellbeing in Budget 2019 and build on the $5.5 billion Families Package in Budget 2018.
Reference: DPMC, New Zealand.