Well-being

The Good Childhood Report 2013

The Good Childhood Report 2013

This new report reveals that youngers teenagers have lower well-being than other age groups in most aspects of their lives.

The findings come from our eight-year, ground-breaking programme of research, in collaboration with the University of York, to explore and measure children’s subjective well-being.

This is the second in our series of annual reports to outline what we know about the quality of children’s lives – as rated by children themselves.

What does the report say? 

So far, we have run surveys and consultations with over 42,000 children aged eight and above. 

Read the the Good Childhood Report 2013 as:

Understanding children's well-being

Our well-being research programme was initiated in 2005 to fill the gap in research regarding young people's views of their own well-being. The research focuses on positive rather than negative indicators, and on well-being in the present rather than 'well-becoming'.

Our research programme aims to:

  • Develop a better understanding of the concept of well-being as it relates to young people, taking full account of the perspectives of young people themselves
  • Establish self-report measures of young people’s well-being and use these to identify the reasons for variations in well-being and to monitor changes in well-being over time.

Read our latest newsletter to find out more about what's going on in our well-being programme.

Coming Soon

  • The launch of our joint report with the New Economics Foundation (nef) into the ways to well-being for children and young people.
  • The findings from Children’s Worlds, an international survey to measure children’s well-being. We are hosting the survey in England.