A toolkit to guide engagement with
children and young people on the
Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
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TOOLKIT
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Youth
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The toolkit has been designed and
developed by the Mai World Child and Youth
Voices team at the Oce of the Children’s
Commissioner (OCC) and the Voices of
Children and Young People team at Oranga
Tamariki. It provides you with guidance
about how you can get children and young
people involved in conversations about their
wellbeing to inuence the Child and Youth
Wellbeing Strategy. Make sure you feedback
to us what you hear, so we can feedback to
the Prime Minister and the Minister
for Children.
PURPOSE OF THIS TOOLKIT
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This Toolkit has been designed to
help you to support children and young
people to have a say on the Child and
Youth Wellbeing Strategy.
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BACKGROUND
Child wellbeing is important
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, in
her role as the Minister for Child Poverty
Reduction, and the Minister for Children,
Hon Tracey Martin, are leading the development
of the Government’s rst Child and Youth
Wellbeing Strategy.
The Strategy will set the direction for how to
improve the wellbeing of children and young
people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Children and young people have valuable views
to share. We want to enable them to have their
say on what the Strategy should focus on.
For more information about the Child and Youth
Wellbeing Strategy, you can go to the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website at:
dpmc.govt.nz/our-programmes/child-and-
youth-wellbeing-strategy
Want to get involved?
We want to hear from as many children and
young people as possible.
This Toolkit will assist you to support children and
young people to have a say about the Strategy,
using the same approaches as the Oce of the
Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki.
We encourage you to use this toolkit and
feedback what you hear!
Feedback from children and young people will
need to be forwarded to us by 1 December 2018.
We explain how to forward the information later
in the Toolkit.
Just talk to us,
don’t see us as too hard.
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INFORMATION
Children have a right
to be heard
The United Nations
Convention on the Rights of
the Child, Article 12 states
that children and young
people have a right to
have a say and be heard in
decisions that aect them.
For more information about
children’s rights go to:
occ.org.nz/
childrens-rights-
and-advice/
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This Toolkit is for practitioners who...
WHO IS THIS TOOLKIT FOR?
talk with
children
and young
people
as part of their
everyday work
have been
police vetted
and are safe
to talk with
children and
young people
have ethical
processes that
guide their
engagement
practice with
children and
young people
have support
from their
organisation to
talk with children
and young
people about the
Child and Youth
Wellbeing Strategy
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2. Follow an ethical process
It is important that any engagement with children
and young people is ethical and safe. This
includes: obtaining informed consent, ensuring
adults that will be talking with children and young
people are experienced and have been police
vetted, and protecting the identity of the children
you talk with.
For more information about the ethical processes
you need to consider, you can go to the OCC’s
Listening to Kids website at:
occ.org.nz/listening2kids
TWO THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
BEFORE YOU TALK WITH
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE…
1. Believe they have
something valuable to say
To ensure your engagement is meaningful for
children and young people, it is absolutely vital
that you believe in and respect their mana.
They are young, but their perspectives of the
world are as important as adults, and they can
teach us a lot about how to make things better
for them.
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HOW TO USE THIS TOOLKIT
There are two ways you can assist children
and young people to have a say on the Child
and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. You can:
b. Talk to children and young people face to face -
kanohi ki te kanohi
Face to face talks with children and young people will enable you
to get a deeper understanding of their views. If you want to
conduct face to face conversations with children and young
people we encourage you to go for it!
The following pages provide some guidance on how to do this. To
ensure we can include the views that you have gathered through
your face to face engagements, you will need to follow the steps
below and send the information to us by 1 December 2018.
a. Help children and young people to ll in our survey
The easiest way you can involve children and young people in
discussions about the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is to
support them to ll in our online survey.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to ll in. Some children and young
people may require extra support to complete the survey and we
encourage you to support them.
You can access the survey at:
surveymonkey.com/r/tellthepm
The survey closes on 1 December 2018
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OUR FACE TO FACE TOOLKIT
So you have decided that you want to talk with
children and young people about what they think
should be in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy?
There are 3 steps to follow:
1 Ask children and young people questions
2 Choose the approach you will use to
talk to them
3. Action what you have heard.
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STEP TWO
Ask children and young people
these three questions…
1. What does a good life mean
for children and young people in
Aotearoa New Zealand?
2. What can get in the way of children
and young people having a good life?
3. What helps children and young
people to have a good life?
There are no limits on the ways that these
questions can be asked. We encourage you to
adjust the questions to suit the children and
young people you are talking with.
Tip
In most discussions with children and young
people, you will have additional questions
that increase the chances of obtaining in
depth responses. For example if a child says
they are unhappy because they cant play,
you might ask.
• Can you help me understand why you
cant play?
• Can you tell me more about why you
cant play?
STEP ONE
Choose the approach you
will use to talk to children
and young people
There are lots of dierent ways to talk with
children and young people, and you will
have your own fun ways of doing this.
If you want other ideas for activities
you could use go to:
occ.org.nz/listening2kids/how-you-
engage/examples-of-engagement/
Tip
Good face to face engagement requires
planning and preparation. It may also
require some resources. Some costs include
providing kai, hiring a venue, koha for
participants, and costs to buy resources
such as art equipment. You will need to
factor these costs into your planning and
preparation.
For more information about preparing for
face to face engagement check out:
occ.org.nz/listening2kids
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2. Make changes in your organisation
based on what children and young
people tell you
Depending on the type of organisation, this could
be a good opportunity to review what changes
could be made to your own organisation to
reect the feedback from children and young
people. More information about child centred
policy planning can be found here:
occ.org.nz/publications/reports/
being-child-centred/ from children
STEP THREE
Action what you have heard from children and young people
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Good participation opportunities leverage the child
or young person’s strengths, and provide ample
opportunities for them to have their voice heard. You
can do this by using a range of engagement methods
that encourage young people to own and share their
stories. They are the educators, we are the learners.
3. Share children’s and young
people’s views with others in
your networks or community
Children and young people may have identied
issues or needs that others in your networks or
community could address. Share (always with
proper consent) the barriers identied and any
solutions that children identied would enable
them to have good lives. Many solutions already
exist and sharing the children’s views and voices
may spark new collaboration and support
for children and their families in your local
community.
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1. Three ways to share children’s and young people’s views with us
First you can input the information straight
into survey monkey on the following link:
Surveymonkey.com/r/cywsresponse
Second you can ll in the recording sheet
template we have provided in this Toolkit
and email to:
voices@occ.org.nz
Third you can make a submission on the Child
and Youth Wellbeing Strategy directly to the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet:
dpmc.govt.nz/our-programmes/child-and-
youth-wellbeing-strategy
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KEEPING YOU INFORMED
ABOUT THE FINDINGS
When the ndings are ready to be released
publicly we will send you a link to the
report so you can share the ndings with
the children and young people you have
talked with.
Any questions?
If you have any questions about the project and want to speak to
someone, you can email us at:
voices@occ.org.nz
Additional resources
We have provided you with an information sheet and consent
form to support you to obtain consent from children and their
parents or guardians. We have also included the recording sheet
that we would like you to ll in after your session with children
and young people.
Kia
Ora
Thank you for
helping children
and young
people’s voices
to be heard
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The following pages are templates you can use to:
1. obtain consent from
children and young people
and their parents and
2. record children’s and
young peoples information
to send back to us
RESOURCES
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Why do we want to talk with you?
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is making a plan to help
improve the lives of all children and young people in Aotearoa
New Zealand and she wants to hear from you!
Your views on what makes a good life
INFORMATION SHEET FOR
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
What we want to ask you?
When we meet with you we will ask you these
questions:
What does a good life mean to you?
What gets in the way of you having a good life?
What supports you to have a good life?
Some important stu for you to know:
You taking part is totally your choice. You don’t
have to talk to us if you dont want to.
This is not a test. We want to know what your
thoughts and opinions are. There are no right
or wrong answers.
Everyone has an important view to share.
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Hearing from children and young people
about wellbeing
What is the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy about?
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading the development of
the Governments rst Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The
Strategy will set out how the government will improve the wellbeing
of all children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
INFORMATION SHEET FOR
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
What questions will we
ask children and young
people?
We want to ask what children
and young people think they
and other children need to have
a good life, what helps children
to have a good life, and what
gets in the way.
What will we do with the
information?
When we have completed all of
our discussions with children
and young people, we will send
the information to the Oce of
the Children’s Commissioner
who are working with the Voices
of Children and Young People
team at Oranga Tamariki. They
will analyse the information and
present a report to the Prime
Minister at the end of the year.
The report will be made public
early next year.
We will ensure that children
and young people are not
identiable in any of the
information we send to
the Oce of the Children’s
Commissioner and the Oranga
Tamariki Voices team.
What we need from you?
We need you to sign the
consent form if your child is
under 16 years old.
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1. I understand what this discussion is about.
2. I understand what I say will be kept anonymous. The things I say may be shared, but not my
name, so no one will know it was me who said them.
3. I understand that any art I make in the workshop might be shared, but no one will know that I
made the art.
4. I understand that if the person running the workshop is concerned about my safety or the safety
of others, they will need to tell someone. They will tell me about this rst.
5. If I feel upset and want to talk to someone about it, I can tell the people running the workshop and
they will nd the right person to help.
6. Taking part in this workshop is totally up to me. I understand I dont have to answer every
question and can stop any time without having to give a reason.
For children and young people under 16 years old
I have read this form and agree to take part Yes / No
Name:
Age:
Ethnicity:
Signature:
Date:
CONSENT FORM FOR CHILDREN
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1. I understand what this discussion is about.
2. I understand what my child says will be kept anonymous. The things he/she says may be shared,
but not their name, so no one will know it was them who said them.
3. I understand that any art my child makes in the workshop might be shared, but no one will know
they made the art.
4. I understand that if the person running the workshop is concerned about the safety of my child,
they will need to tell someone.
5. If my child feels upset and wants to talk to someone about it, the people running the workshop
will nd the right person to help.
6. I understand that my child does not have to answer every question and can stop any time without
having to give a reason.
For parents and guardians
I agree to (name of young person) taking part
Name of parent/guardian:
Signature:
Date:
CONSENT FORM FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
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For recording the perspectives of children and young people.
Date:
Location:
Organisation:
Contact person:
Contact phone number:
Contact email:
Demographics
What was the age of the children and young people?
Please state the number of children/ young people in each age range
What is the ethnicity of the children and young people?
Please state the number of children/ young people that identied with each ethnicity
What is the gender makeup of the participants?
Please state the number of children/ young people that identied with each gender
RECORDING SHEET
1-5 yrs 6-10 yrs 11-15 yrs 16-19 yrs 20-24 yrs
Māori Samoan Cook Island Maori Tongan Niuean
Tokelauan Fijian Kiribati Other Pacic
European including
NZ European
Asian, Middle Eastern,
African, or Latin American
Other
Gender Diverse Male Female I don’t know
Other
Any additional information you want to share about your children and young people?
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What did children and young people tell you about........?
Write what children and young people tell you here.
You can summarise what you heard and include quotes.
What does a good life mean for children and young people in Aotearoa?
What can get in the way of children and young people having a good life?
What helps children and young people to have a good life?
RECORDING SHEET
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