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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Further reading on this topic is highly recommended.
- New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
- Health conditions in education settings
- Pastoral care, support, counselling
- Suicide prevention
- International students
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.
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.
For advice and resources regarding bullying, see the BullyingFreeNZ website.
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.
- Guidelines for the provision of pastoral care, guidance and counselling
- Supporting young people in care
- Supporting LGBTIQA+ – Inclusive Education(external link)
- Supporting students with stress, anxiety or depression – Ministry of Social Development(external link)
For information and resources on suicide prevention, see:
- Suicide prevention kit for schools [PDF. 10 MB]
- Suicide Prevention – Mental Health Foundation(external link)
- Talking with students if students raise the issue of suicide [PDF. 353 KB]
- 13 Reasons Why (Season 3) [PDF. 457 KB]
Information and resources are available to help schools to support international students.
- International student wellbeing strategy
- International students support and care – NZQA(external link)
- Refugee background students
Students must be kept safe in a variety of contexts, including during their transportation to/from school and online.
- School transport – safety and behaviour
- Reporting suspected abuse
- Children's Act 2014 requirements for schools and kura
- Safe use of digital technology in schools
- Sharing information guide
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