Child and Youth Wellbeing

New Zealand First knows that the health of children and young people is a predictor of their future health. We also know that health is holistic and that wellness encompasses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Too many of the issues facing families and parents directly affect our young people who of course do not live in isolation.

Policies

    • Continue with the reforms of the Ministry for Children – devolving where appropriate resourcing and responsibilities to Iwi, Maori organisations, and NGOs to better support families earlier to lower the number of children requiring the care of the State

    • Direct the Joint Venture to address the wider mandate of Child and Youth Wellness – with a focus on developing community prevention and early intervention programmes to address family violence and sexual violence recognising that over 90% of children in care have experienced family violence – develop a more practical response across government agencies to address the five major areas that bring children into the care of the state

    • Begin a nationwide public conservation on the development of a national strategy to address Family and Sexual Violence

    • Develop solutions through the Community and Volunteer Sector to move from crisis intervention to prevention and early intervention

    • Break down the silos of funding and using the Matua Whangai model empowering local community ‘joint ventures’ to identify what success looks like and the feasibility to decide how they will achieve it

    • Expand on access to counselling for all school aged children and their families

    • Investigate the funding of nutritionist advice in GP offices for those families with extra needs

    • Investigate the establishment of ‘KiwiSaver at Birth’ to encourage birth registration and long term saving habits

    • Develop a ‘demerit point’ system as a requirement for support of young people who come to the attention of police 

    • Review the practicality of a ‘Universal Family Benefit’ to acknowledge and support families into their first home and to care for their children