Lifestyle

Compared with 50 years ago there have been three massive changes:

Children have more money. They have more leisure. New technologies.

Teenagers

Christingle Song

Mark and Helen Johnson from Out of the Ark Music have written a great Christingle song called Hope Of Heaven. A CD of this song as well as two more Christmas songs, Unto Us A Child Is Born and Christmas Calypso is available to order with your Christingle resources. Each CD contains the three songs plus three backing tracks so your children can sing along to the accompaniment.

Friends

As children grow older they spend less time with their parents and more with other children. If they develop good friendships at this stage, they are on their way to happy, fulfilled lives. But the number of 16 year olds saying they have a best friend they can really trust has dropped. Between 1986 and 2006 the rate fell from 87% to 82%, a trend that was evident for both boys and girls.

Closing summary of the launch event

Mark Easton closes the event by asking the panel members what is the one key element that they feel strongly about in the book.

Richard Layard

Professor Richard Layard, principal author of A Good Childhood, talks about schooling and inequality.

Judy Dunn

Professor Judy Dunn, Chair of The Good Childhood Inquiry, talks about family and friends.

What we will do

The Children's Society Chief Executive, Bob Reitemeier, at A Good Childhood launch event, Wednesday 04 February 2009.

Why we are here

The Children's Society Chief Executive, Bob Reitemeier, at A Good Childhood launch event, Wednesday 04 February 2009.

Introduction from Mark Easton

Mark Easton, the BBC Home Editor, chaired the launch. Watch his introduction to the event.

The official launch live - hear from the authors

On Wednesday 4 February, over 400 people attended the launch of A Good Childhood – the independent report from The Good Childhood Inquiry. Chaired by Mark Easton, the BBC Home Editor, the evening offered guests the opportunity to hear the authors of the book, Richard Layard and Judy Dunn, talk about the findings and recommendations.