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Submission - Thematic report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

Friday, November 18, 2022


In its response to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 6th Periodic Review of New Zealand 93 Pre-Sessional Working Group, the New Zealand government wrote:

a. “MOH funds a broad range of sexual and reproductive health services, programmes and initiatives. Services are delivered through general practice, hospitals, and other community-based service providers such as New Zealand Family Planning, laboratories, specialist fertility services, and health promotion providers. Schools and other government agencies also undertake work in this area.

b. Relationships and Sexuality Education is compulsory learning in the New Zealand Curriculum from years 1–10 (ages 5–15) and covers education on sexual and reproductive health, including contraception and sexually transmitted infections. MOE recently released refreshed Relationships and Sexuality Education resources for both primary and secondary schools to ensure Boards of Trustees, principals and teachers have clear and up to date guidance for expected learning in this area and information on how to create safe, healthy, and inclusive school environments.”

This thematic report seeks to provide additional information about the provision of sexual and reproductive health services and education to young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read our report.

The recommendations in our report link in with those in the Child Rights Alliance report, which you can view here.

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