Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive at The Children's Society responds to the UNICEF report 'The Children Left Behind'
We are disappointed to see that the UK is ranked so low in respect of material inequality in child well-being [19 out of 24] in UNICEF's latest report card, sadly this comes as little surprise. It is essential that we learn from this assessment of where children in the UK are left furthest behind, and protect the children who most need our support.
The Children's Society is deeply concerned that the sweeping cuts contained in the Spending Review will further impact on children's well-being. There are 3.9 million children living in poverty now. This is completely unacceptable. We should be doing everything in our power to reduce this figure.
Recent announcements from the government that emphasise the importance of measuring subjective well-being as well as social and economic indicators are a welcome development that will add to our knowledge of how well we're doing for our children. At the beginning of this year, The Children's Society launched the findings of a large-scale survey of children's subjective well-being - the first of its kind. This has allowed us to develop an index to monitor trends and differences in children and young people's self-reported well-being on a regular basis and keep track of changes over time. This is a crucial step forward in understanding and tackling the challenges that they face.
For more information please visit our well-being report pages.