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The Child and Youth Workstream was disestablished in November 2023. The activity of the group has been transitioned to the Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora Starting Well stream.

The Child and Youth Workstream (CYWS) aims to improve the mental and physical health of children and young people in Canterbury from before birth to the transition to adulthood.

The Workstream has three work groups, which meet separately - First 1000 days, Tamariki (children) and Rangatahi (youth – young adults). There are also forums held for all group members and the wider network to come together. 

The mahi (work) of each group includes:

  • working with families / whānau, the community and other agencies to lead the development of health and social services that achieve equity of health outcomes;
  • enabling the sharing of ideas and information on the health needs of pēpē (babies), tamariki and rangatahi;
  • identifying emerging issues and areas of need that will benefit from networking / transformational change / redesign of how services are provided. 
  • assessing areas of need to ensure the work group focusses resources on progressing complex changes that offer the greatest value in health outcomes, integration of services and /or increased efficiencies.

This workstream is a key point of integration between health, justice, education and social services with membership from across these perspectives.

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19May

Asking rangatahi what they need from sexual health services in Waitaha

19 May, 2023 | Return|

* Update - This survey has been extended and is now open until 9 June. 

A survey has been created to gather thoughts from rangatahi / young people about improvements they would like to see made to sexual and reproductive health services in Waitaha / Canterbury. 

The survey is part of a project being facilitated by CCN’s Child and Youth Workstream and follows a wānanga - a forum to observe, listen and learn, which was held in March and attended by consumers, their whānau and people who support rangatahi across the health and education system. 

Child and Youth Workstream Facilitator Marie Mitchell says it’s all about making sexual health services more accessible for rangatahi. 

“To guide us in this mahi, we want to hear from young people about how they currently access these services (if they do), what kind of experiences they’ve had, and how they would like to see things working in the future,” says Marie.

“We want to hear from a variety of young people from different parts of the community, so are asking people to share the survey link through their networks and display the poster (download here) in waiting rooms and spaces where young people visit.”

The answers will be totally anonymous, securely stored, and will only be used to help improve the way sexual health services are provided to young people in Waitaha. 

Young people can give as little, or as much information as they feel comfortable, and can abandon the survey at any time.  

For those that choose to include their contact details, they can go in the draw to win a Pak n Save voucher.

The survey has been extended and is now open until 9 June and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Access the survey here

If you'd like to know more the group doing this research, or you want to get in touch with us for any reason about the survey, you can contact Marie Mitchell.

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Useful resources

Work Plan 2021-22

For Child and Youth Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan

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Outlines what children and young people want and need for a good life.

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