New wellbeing work, produced by children, compliments Tasmania’s Wellbeing Strategy

New wellbeing work, produced by children, compliments Tasmania’s Wellbeing Strategy

by Freya Lucas

June 02, 2021

Tasmania’s first ever comprehensive, long-term, whole of government Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy continues to take shape, Premier Peter Gutwein has said, noting that over 3,500 contributions to its development have been received through the consultation period. 


“This is an outstanding result and demonstrates how important the development of this strategy is to the Tasmanian community – giving us the information we need to deliver services and supports that children, young people and their families need,” the Premier said.


The Premier’s comments came after he visited New Town Primary School with the Commissioner for Children and Young People to launch a children’s picture book that has been developed from the creative workshops that formed part of the consultation.


The book, “When I wake up I smile”, captures the views of 156 children aged between four and eight years of age from selected schools on what wellbeing means to them, along with a teaching resource that can be used by teachers, parents and carers to discuss wellbeing with children, using the picture book as a point of reference.


“The book has effectively been written by Tasmanian children, which is why it’s so important – telling us what wellbeing means to them, and what it means to belong, to be happy and healthy, and to feel loved and safe,” the Premier added. 


“Students who have greater wellbeing are more likely to have better educational outcomes, and a better quality of life, and with the consultation period now ended, we look forward to the Strategy’s completion later this year that will provide the blueprint for Tasmanian children to thrive.”