Read our latest local survey report on the well-being of children and young people on the Isle of Wight.
Using our Good Childhood Index, we can gather the perspectives of children and young people in your area on their own well-being. The survey can be used in individual schools and/or targeted groups such as looked after children or young carers.
The national picture
Each set of findings can then be compared with our national research and can also build a picture of well-being in a designated area.
The survey also has the capacity to be used as a benchmarking tool that enables a school or service to assess the well-being of young people on an annual basis and to consider how interventions and actions can affect their well-being.
How change happens
The next step sees us consult with children and young people to gain their perspective of the survey results and to amplify the findings. We can also consult with younger and disabled children directly instead of using the Good Childhood Index survey. The consultations, with the results themselves, then become a key element of our Good Childhood Conversations that we facilitate in local communities and for professional groups.
A local survey in action
The survey has been used in Cornwall by four secondary schools and involved over 1000 young people. The follow up consultation with the young people added some clear illustration of the findings and clarified the results. Good Childhood Conversations in the communities around those schools then brought parents, elected members, teachers and other professionals together to consider the outcomes and plan for local actions.
The combined results of all schools identified some key differences between young people in Cornwall and those surveyed in our national research. It also showed local leaders and parents clear actions that they could take to help improve the children in the area’s well-being.
The plan is to continue the process so that a comprehensive picture of well-being in the county can be developed. The results will be shared with local communities with the intention of encouraging local responses and action.
The consultations with young people and local Good Childhood Conversations are carried out by our Good Childhood Team with an emphasis on providing a platform for action and reflection. Please send us an email if you’d like to know more about our local surveys.