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New Zealand on the ‘right track’

New Zealand on the ‘right track’ according to latest research on programmes for at-risk children

A literature research review released today by the Ministry of Social Development confirms New Zealand is on the right track in its approach to intervention programmes for at risk children.

The report Family Resilience and Good Child Outcomes: A Review of the Literature by US researcher Ariel Kalil examines the reasons why some families can cope with life events when the same events end overwhelming other families. The need to take a more comprehensive approach to improve outcomes for children and young people has also been identified as the central theme in the Investing in Child and Youth Development priority of the Government’s Sustainable Development Programme of Action.

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said the research will be useful in determining future investment priorities.

“Strong families are the essential building blocks of a knowledge society. Unless children get a good start in life and adults are supported to achieve their potential we will not succeed as a nation.

“The government already invests considerable resources into parenting and family services. New initiatives like the establishment of the Families Commission, with its strong positive parenting focus, will see these services grow further. The report will assist us to identify the most useful additional interventions,” Steve Maharey said.

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