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Posted: 07 September 2016

Quiz: What do young people say most influences their well-being?

In this year's Good Childhood Report we found that how children see their local area is clearly linked to their well-being. The quality of their local facilities, how safe they feel and their experience of local problems are all important.

This adds to evidence that shows that children’s direct experiences are much more important for their well-being than factors more removed from them.

Also, our report revealed that factors that are known to be related to adults’ well-being are not necessarily linked to children’s well-being.

Factors that are known to be related to adults' well-being.

For example there are links between regional differences and the Index of Multiple Deprivation and adults’ well-being.

In our analysis of geographical differences in children’s well-being we found no evidence of regional differences or links to area-level deprivation.

Quiz: What factors do children say matter most?

Our research revealed that children’s perceptions of their local area – including on the quality of local facilities, how safe they feel, how much freedom they perceive they have and their experiences of local problems – are linked to their well-being.

Of the six factors illustrated below, two mattered most to children. Which do you think they are?

Click or tap on one that you think was one of the most influential factors.

people drinking or taking drugs graffiti noisy neighbours
neighbours arguing cars driving too fast dangerous dogs off leads


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‘Noisy neighbours’ and ‘people drinking or taking drugs’ were the two factors that children cited that had the closest relation to their well-being.

people drinking or taking drugs noisy neighbours


According to our Good Childhood Report 2016, here's a look at how the well-being rate of children who reported noisy neighbours differed from those who did not report that problem.

Table: Mean well-being scores for children
according to whether they reported 'noisy neighbours'

a graph indicating that having noisy neighbours corresponds to lower levels of well-being than children with no noisy neighbours

What else do children say about their well-being?

Over the last decade we have asked over 60,000 children how they think their lives are going.

Read The Good Childhood Report 2016

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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