As part of the Children’s Action Plan (CAP) released in October 2012, the New Zealand Government announced a set of actions to fundamentally change and improve the way we identify, support and protect vulnerable children and young people. Ten Children’s Teams have now been established across New Zealand, and a range of workforce legislative changes introduced and implemented. Government also announced in 2012 that it would promote youth mentoring. A key aspect of this was the development of Safe Practice Guidelines for Youth Mentoring Programmes, developed in partnership between the Ministry of Health, the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network (NZYMN) and Ministry of Youth Development in 2013.
With the recent development of the 2nd edition of the Guide to Effective and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring Aotearoa New Zealand (Guide), the content of the 2013 Safe Practice Guidelines has now been integrated into this 2nd edition providing a single Guide for New Zealand that seamlessly promotes safe and effective practice.
In terms of future CAP youth mentoring activity, mentoring programmes will continue to be accessed by the Children’s Teams as they respond to the needs of vulnerable children. The new Guidelines will help Teams to assess mentoring programmes and to refer appropriately.
For more information on the Government's activity for vulnerable children please see the Children's Action Plan website.