Publications

Bracknell Forest survey of children and young people, 2014

This report is based on our survey work carried out in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council, March 2014.

Bracknell Forest survey of children and young people, 2014

The Good Childhood Report 2013

This report is based on the views of over 42,000 children and young people in the UK and is the second in a series of annual reports on their well-being. July 2013.

The Good Childhood Report 2013 (full report)
The Good Childhood Report 2013 (summary)

Isle of Wight survey of children and young people, 2012

This report is based on our survey work carried out in partnership with the Isle of Wight council. March 2013.

Isle of Wight survey of children and young people, 2012

The Good Childhood Report 2012

This report is based on the views of over 30,000 children and young people in the UK. January 2012.

The Good Childhood Report 2012: A review of our children’s well-being (full report)
The Good Childhood Report 2012: A review of our children’s well-being (summary)
Promoting positive well-being for children (policy report)

Missing out

This report asks children and young people about the material items and experiences that they think are necessary for a ‘normal kind of life’. November 2011.

Missing out: A child centred analysis of material deprivation and subjective well-being (full report)
Missing out: A child centred analysis of material deprivation and subjective well-being (policy summary)

How happy are our children?

This report outlines what we know about the quality of children's lives - as rated by children themselves - and makes the case for a long-standing commitment to the exploration and measurement of children’s subjective well being. March 2011.

How happy are our children: measuring children’s well-being and exploring economic factors (full report)
Links between family economic factors and children's subjective well-being (initial findings)

Children's subjective well-being

This report reviews our progress towards the development of well-being index that is statistically robust and covers the main aspects of children’s lives, especially those identified by children themselves. October 2010.

Developing an index of children's subjective well-being in England (full report)
Developing an index of children's subjective well-being in England (summary)

Understanding children's well-being

This report is the first comprehensive exploration of well-being from a child's perspective in this country. February 2010.

Understanding children's well-being: A national survey of young people's well-being (full report)
Understanding children's well-being: A national survey of young people's well-being (summary)

Fatherhood Commission

This report set out to explore the links between the quality of young people's relationships with their parents and their self reported well-being and self esteem. June 2010.

Fatherhood Commission: Links between young people's relationships with their fathers and their mothers, and their well-being and self-esteem

 

 

Happy and they know it?

 

 

We asked over 14,000 children and young peole about what they needed to have a good life -- their responses helped us form our well-being framework. September 2008. 

 

Happy and they know it? Developing a well-being framework based on young people consultation

 

Spiritual health and the well-being of urban young people

This report for the Commission on Urban Life and Faith was undertaken in partnership with the University of Wales, Bangor. It explores the links between spiritual health and the well-being of young people living in cities and urban areas, and highlights some of the key issues faced by these young people. It raises important questions about the factors that promote well-being amongst urban young people, and the role of spiritual health in young people's lives. 2005.

Spiritual health and the well-being of urban young people

The Good Childhood Inquiry

The UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood was commissioned by The Children's Society in 2006 to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. The Good Childhood Inquiry was launched in September 2006 with a report describing The Children's Society’s 2005 survey research with young people about what makes for a good life for young people.

The Good Childhood Inquiry

Using The Good Childhood Index

If you'd like to use our short or long index of children's well-being within your school or local authority, please contact us.