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13 Nov 2017
The report looks at how New Zealand is putting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Children’s Convention) into practice, and where it can do better. The report makes three recommendations that Government can put into place immediately:  Make sure policy and legislative reform are child-centred and rights-based. Identify where children’s rights are not being met, what...
22 Sep 2017
Culture is an important part of who we all are. It gives us a sense of belonging, that others share our values and beliefs, to know who we are and where we come from. Culture includes all the customs, practices, languages, values and world views that define our social groups – whether those are based on nationality, ethnicity, region or common interests. We know cultural identity is...
May 2017
From July 2016 to March 2017, we found that Child, Youth and Family (CYF) residences generally met the standards that are required by the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. As far as we can establish, residences appear to be generally safe. However, we remain concerned about the variable quality of practice and...
Jun 2016
State of Care 2016 is an annual report based on our independent monitoring of Child, Youth and Family’s policies, practices and services. It includes feedback from children and young people about their experiences in the system.
Dec 2015
The Child Poverty Monitor and this Technical Report provide data on a set of indicators that assess aspects of child poverty in New Zealand and their implications for child wellbeing. In it are data on income and non-income measures of poverty, including measures that reflect increasing levels of severity. Other data include indicators related to health, living conditions, education, and a...
Nov 2014
This is the second year of the Child Poverty Monitor and this Technical Report provides data on a set of indicators that assess aspects of child poverty in New Zealand and their implications for child wellbeing. This work is supported by the partnership between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, the University of Otago’s New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) and the J...
Jul 2013
This paper looks at the impact parents, caregivers, families and whānau can have on children and young people’s learning and education success, and provides a rationale for greater focus and support.
May 2013
This paper discusses the evidence for a Government-supported framework and how Government might partner with others. It includes a possible framework for strengthening food in school provision.

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