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Free Lecture Series on Child Wellbeing

Free Lecture Series on Child Wellbeing to Feature NZ and Global Experts

Auckland and Wellington events; hosted by Presbyterian Support Northern

Local and international experts in child wellbeing will speak, debate and accelerate action towards solutions in a series of talks organized by Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN), one of New Zealand’s largest social services providers.

The Improving Child Wellbeing free lecture series addresses a range of topics, from how to measure child poverty to the role social housing plays in child wellbeing, reflecting the multi-dimensional nature of the issue.

PSN has also sought out leading authorities on reducing inequality, the re-integration of female prisoners into society and mental health services in schools.

Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, will close the series, concluding talks from academics, economists, social services experts and entrepreneurs.
Starting on April 5 and finishing on July 20, the 10-speaker series will comprise breakfast lectures in Auckland, followed by lunchtime events in Wellington the following day. The full schedule is attached to the end of this release.

Denise Cosgrove, CEO of Presbyterian Support Northern, says that there is momentum across all sectors, from government to business to service providers, to apply the best ideas to solve big problems.

“At Presbyterian Support Northern, we recognize and welcome the increasing urgency to take action to improve child wellbeing. This lecture series offers anyone with an interest in the issue a chance to learn from the best, to stretch their thinking and to contribute to solutions,” she says.

Presbyterian Support Northern serves thousands of families each year through its Family Works services, encompassing a variety of social services to help families facing challenges they cannot overcome on their own. PSN also runs Lifeline, the free phone counselling and suicide prevention service; Enliven, which provides home-based services for older people and people living with disability; and Shine, which supports victims of domestic violence.

The events are free. Online registration is required. Demand is high and space will be limited.

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