The Child Poverty Reduction Bill requires the creation of New Zealand's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.
The Strategy will commit Government to set and report on its actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people.
The Strategy will set out how Government will deliver on its vision: New Zealand is the best place in the world for children and young people.
The Child Poverty Reduction Bill requires the Strategy to address:
- Improving the wellbeing of all children;
- Improving, as a particular focus, the wellbeing of children with greater needs;
- Reducing child poverty and mitigating the impacts of child poverty and socioeconomic disadvantage experienced by children;
- Improving the wellbeing of core populations of interest to Oranga Tamariki.
The Bill requires the Strategy to set the outcomes it is seeking and to indicate whether these can be measured, how they will be measured, along with the likely effect of government policies whose aim is or includes reducing child poverty or mitigating the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage.
Policy work on the Strategy has identified that:
- the Strategy will recognise the foundational role of the Treaty of Waitangi and the importance of the Crown-Māori partnership in work to promote the wellbeing of New Zealand's children and young people;
- the Strategy will help progress New Zealand's commitments to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, along with other related commitments.
The Government is seeking public feedback on:
- The framing of wellbeing for the initial Strategy;
- The proposed vision statement for the initial Strategy;
- The proposed set of outcomes sought for all children and young people;
- The 16 potential focus areas proposed for the initial Strategy.