We are piloting a new approach to exploring and improving children’s well-being with three local authorities in England. Read our latest report on this survey work in Portsmouth.

How it works

  • Firstly, in consultation with the local authority, we compile an online well-being questionnaire for use with eight to 16 year olds in their area. This includes advising them on how best to implement the survey in respect of timing, sampling and ethical principles.
  • Once the survey has been completed, we provide the local authority with a report on the well-being of children and young people in their area, which highlights key findings and compares their area with national averages.
  • We also conduct face-to-face consultations with children and young people to explore key issues arising from the survey in more depth.
  • We then go on to host local events to discuss the survey and consultation findings with local leaders. These events are based on the Good Childhood Conversation model that we deliver across the country.
  • The culmination of the survey, consultation and Good Childhood events is a joint seminar with the local authority to present the findings and consider actions and interventions that would enhance children’s well-being in theirlocal area. This allows us to support ongoing discussions within the local authority about how to use the findings to make changes to policy and services.

Current pilots

Four local authorities have now taken part in the pilot. The Portsmouth, LeicestershireBracknell Forest and Isle of Wight survey reports are now complete.

Find out more

If you'd like to know more about our local authority pilots, please contact our well-being team.

If you're interested in hosting a conversation in your local area, please contact our Good Childhood Conversation team.