Wellbeing in schools

This directory connects to information and resources regarding supporting, mentoring and counselling students. Information about keeping students safe both physically and online can also be found on this page, including advice on bullying.

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  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • All Early Learning Services
  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau

New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

The Government has released the New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The strategy envisions New Zealand being the best place in the world for children and young people.

Education will play an essential part in supporting the strategy. Everyone in education has an important role in promoting and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.

Wellbeing in education

Health conditions in education settings

Information and resources are available to schools to support the wellbeing of children and young people who are experiencing challenges in school due to their health.

This includes information on schools and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

Supporting ākonga with health conditions


For advice and resources regarding bullying, see the BullyingFreeNZ website.

Prevent bullying in Aotearoa – BullyingFreeNZ(external link)

Pastoral care, support, counselling

Information and resources are available for schools and early learning service providers to help them to support children and young people.

Providing pastoral care, guidance and counselling (for secondary schools)

Supporting children in care

Supporting LGBTIQA+ – Inclusive Education(external link)

Supporting students with stress, anxiety or depression – Ministry of Social Development(external link)

Suicide prevention

For information and resources on suicide prevention, see:

Suicide prevention – Mental Health Foundation(external link)

International students

Information and resources are available to help schools to support international students.

International student wellbeing strategy

Refugee background students

International students support and care – NZQA(external link)


Students must be kept safe in a variety of contexts, including during their transportation to/from school and online.

Safety and behaviour on school transport

Reporting suspected abuse

Children's Act 2014 requirements for schools and kura

Digital technology: Safe and responsible use in schools

Sharing information

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