so, How are things going in christchurch?
In 2015, there were 63% more referrals of young people to Canterbury mental health services than in 2011. (MOH, 2016)
In 2016, there were 998 proven cases of child abuse or neglect in the Canterbury region.
An estimated 17,640 (28%) of children in Christchurch live in low income households.
In 2016, 978 children and young people from the Canterbury region were unable to live with their birth parents. (CYFS, 2016)
An estimated 8820 (14%) of children in Christchurch are living in material hardship, going without 7 or more things that they need.
(Child Poverty Monitor, 2016)
7.4% of young people in Greater Christchurch aged 5-24 years were not in education, employment or training last year. (NEET)
Professor Clyde Hertzman, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, an internationally recognised research network has asserted (based on research of Heckman and others) that for every $1 spent in the early years, society saves $4 to $8 in many other areas including healthcare, crime and substance abuse.
Child Friendly Christchurch Research Summary
Written by Esther Pickering, Sophie Jones and Jose-Reine Agbo
This research discusses the importance of a suitable active consultation method. Child friendly cities (CFC) is a framework developed by UNICEF. This framework includes 9- steps which a city must meet if it is to become an authorised child friendly city. A child friendly city is a place which includes children in policy making and the design of the city itself. The city must consider basic rights of the child such as safety for children, a chance to learn and a great place to grow up. Christchurch, New Zealand suffered from a sequence of earthquakes (2010-11) which destroyed the CBD and outer-suburbs. Out of this natural disaster came a chance for the city to re-build into something great and more importantly something different. This has given Christchurch a unique opportunity where it can build a child friendly city from the ground up. This research looks at an effective child/youth friendly consultation or engagement method, which could help the government and non-profit organisations begin the child friendly city process within Christchurch.
Click here to download research document.
Children’s Commission: How to be more child-centred
You can be more child-centred by simply asking four key questions and using what you learn in your decision-making…
Visit www.occ.org.nz to view tool
Eastside Youth: This is Our Voice
8 Minute Film and Report
Film produced and filmed by Lila Gibbens – Yoobee School of Design student
Directed by Beth Walters, YAG member and Christchurch East Youth MP
Link to video Link to report