Jacqui Southey

Child Rights Advocacy and Research Director

Growing a culture where children’s rights are understood, respected and upheld is the vision of Jacqui Southey, Save the Children New Zealand’s Child Rights Advocacy and Research Director – and she is working towards driving systemic change where children will realise their rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Jacqui holds a Master of Education, authoring significant research on the positive discipline practices of parents of children under five years of age, and has extensive experience working in children’s rights. She is particularly interested in children’s participation and empowering children’s agency, child rights education, speaking up with and for children on issues important to children now and in the future, and education.

Prior to her role at Save the Children, Jacqui led the child rights education and youth participation programme at UNICEF New Zealand for seven years and was a primary school teacher for 10 years before then.

Outside of work, Jacqui enjoys spending time with her three adult children and three beautiful mokopuna (grandchildren) and helping to create a positive and nurturing world for children.