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

Further reading on this topic is highly recommended.

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.

Health conditions in education settings 

Schools and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights


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

Bullying free(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.

Guidelines for the provision of pastoral care, guidance and counselling

Supporting young people in care

Supporting LGBTIQA+ — Inclusive Education website(external link)

Regional mentoring service for Māori and Pacific students

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

Suicide prevention

For information and resources on suicide prevention, see:

Suicide prevention kit for schools [PDF. 10 MB]

Suicide Prevention — Mental Health Foundation of NZ website (external link)

Talking with students, if students raise the issue of suicide [PDF. 353 KB]

13 Reasons Why Season 3 [PDF. 457 KB]

International students

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

International student wellbeing strategy

International students support and care — NZQA website(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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