Young girlMost of the obstacles children face today are linked to the belief among adults that the prime duty of the individual is to make the most of their own life, rather than contribute to the good of others.

The inquiry report, A Good Childhood: Searching for values in a competitive age, says excessive individualism is causing a range of problems for children including high family break-up, teenage unkindness, commercial pressures towards premature sexualisation, unprincipled advertising, too much competition in education and acceptance of income inequality.

The report says that although freedom and self-determination bring many blessings, the balance has tilted too far towards individualism in Britain.

The Good Childhood® Inquiry received evidence from over 30,000 children, adults and professionals and undertook a comprehensive review of all the available research. Read our responses to the evidence on the seven aspects of childhood that the inquiry dealt with: family, friends, lifestyle, values, schooling, mental health and inequalities.