Posted: 13 December 2016

One girl summed up a key preoccupation of her generation

‘One girl summed up a key preoccupation of her generation by saying, “we have to be perfect, like Barbie.”’             - Bishop Rachel Treweek

We can learn a lot from listening.

The Children's Society learns a lot from it. For over 10 years, we have sat and listened to children explain how they see their lives and the world that surrounds them.

The insights have been profound, capturing national headlines.

The proportion of 10-15 year old girls who are unhappy with their lives as a whole has risen by over 25% in just five years, while the situation for boys remains unchanged. One in seven girls are unhappy with their lives overall, compared to one in nine boys.

Our theology paper, Whoever has ears, let them hear, shares what we've learnt and the theological basis behind it.

Read our theology paper


Well-being and mental health

Keep learning: ‘Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course… set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.’-Five ways to well-being, New Economics Foundation

By Jim Davis MBE - Church team

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