Wellbeing of New Zealand’s children
In June 2019 the NZ Population Conference was organised by the Population Association of New Zealand Te Roopu Whaka Waihanga Iwi O Aotearoa and held at Te Papa in Wellington, with the theme of ‘Population change in Aotearoa New Zealand: people, places and well-being.’
The Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ) is a forum for the discussion, study and promotion of population issues. As the population of New Zealand continues to grow and to diversify, their collective understanding of the nature and implications of change is enhanced by robust analysis and discussion.
Dr. Duncan McCann and Steven Youngblood from Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre attended the 2019 PANZ conference in order to discuss aspects of the Oranga Tamariki Child Wellbeing Model.
Developing a view of the wellbeing of New Zealand’s children and young people is a critical part of the on-going transformation of the child protection system in New Zealand, and is especially critical in understanding how to provide the best possible support for those children in need. The Evidence Centre has built a Child Wellbeing Model for New Zealand children to support this, which Duncan and Steven discussed in detail at the conference.