28 November 2019  Reports

What Makes a Good Life? Follow-up report: Views of children and young people in care on wellbeing

As a part of our engagement, we heard from 113 children and young people under the age of 18 who were in care and we compared their response to those not in care.

This follow-up report presents the four key themes we heard from these children in care through focus groups and interviews

  1. I want support for my whānau
  2. Oranga Tamariki has the potential to make things better, but sometimes makes things worse
  3. I want to feel loved and respected
  4. I want the basics

There was also a fifth finding based on the survey results

5. Across a range of wellbeing indicators, children and young people in non-whānau care generally fare worse than their peers.

Overall, we heard there are a number of things which need to happen to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in care.

For further information, read the full What Makes a Good Life? report.