Posted: 22 February 2017

Our local well-being consultations

Our local well-being consultations work in partnerships with Local Authorities and other agencies to produce an assessment of the well-being of children and young people in their area.

What are local well-being consultations?

The programme developed out of our longstanding work into understanding children’s subjective well-being and the development of the Good Childhood Index. In comparison to the annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children’s well-being at a national level, the local well-being assessments look specifically at what is happening in a specific area.

What do we do?

The consultation includes a combination of an online anonymous survey and face-to-face consultations with children and young people.

The aim of undertaking a consultation is to identify the aspects of life where children and young people are doing well and those where they are not doing so well, in order to identify local priorities and provide insights that will improve children and young people’s well-being in the area.

Our online survey includes a number of questions, which cover a range of aspects that we know are important to children’s well-being. Key questions included are The Good Childhood Index and our well-being questions, which we then compare to national averages.

Figure 1: A comparison of the average scores for the Good Childhood Index between National and Local data (*local data is an aggregate score across all local areas examined)

Initial themes that are identified from the survey findings form the basis of the face-to-face consultations with children and young people.

When developing the consultation, attention is given to reaching specific and targeted groups of young people.

As the voice of the child is at the centre of every piece of work conducted by us, we make sure that during our local well-being consultations we listen and represent the views and opinions of children and young people, as they present them.

How we use the findings to improve well-being

After the consultation phase has concluded we arrange a feedback session, working in collaboration with the council and key stakeholder groups to discuss the findings from the well-being assessment and facilitate a session on how to use the findings to improve the well-being of children and young people in local area.  

Since 2012, we have undertaken local assessments of children’s well-being in 36 locations across England. More than 43,000 young people aged 8-18 have taken part in an online survey and a further 8,500 have been consulted in face-to-face consultations.

If you would like to know more about our local well-being consultation work or the Good Childhood Index please contact our Research Team.

By Alexandra Turner - Research team

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