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3  Children and youth at risk

3.1  Background

In 2015 and 2016 Treasury undertook a number of projects aimed at using integrated data to better understand the risk of poor outcomes for children and youth. The approach and findings for youth aged 15 to 24 are outlined in Mcleod et al. (2015), and for children up to age 14 in Ball et al. (2016). The release of the latter paper was accompanied by the launch of the Social Investment Insights online tool, which presented information on both children and youth at risk at a very detailed geographical level. Information was presented through interactive maps for New Zealand areas, down to area unit level, essentially equivalent to a city suburb.

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