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Supporting vulnerable children

This section has information about three priority results for supporting vulnerable children.

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The Ministries of Social Development, Education, and Health are working together, alongside the Police and the Social Sector Forum, on three results that will support vulnerable children.

These results are:

Result 2: Early childhood education: In 2016, 98 per cent of children starting school will have participated in quality early childhood education.

Result 3:
: Increase infant immunisation rates so that 95 per cent of eight month olds are fully immunised by December 2014 and this is maintained until 30 June 2017.
Rheumatic fever: Reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever by two thirds to 1.4 cases per 100,000 people by June 2017.

Result 4: Assaults on children: By 2017, we aim to halt the rise in children experiencing physical abuse and reduce current numbers by five per cent.

The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development is the lead Chief Executive for these results, supported by the Secretary of Education and the Director-General of Health. The agencies of the Social Sector Forum have agreed to share responsibility for delivering the results. The Social Sector Forum's members are:

  • Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development (Chair)
  • Secretary for Justice
  • Secretary of Education
  • Director-General of Health
  • Deputy Chief Executive Building and Housing, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Why these results are important

Achieving in these three areas is crucial if we are to do better for vulnerable children in New Zealand.