10 Oct 2019

Responding to the government's new State of the Nation report on children’s well-being, Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society said:

 

“Children’s well-being is incredibly important. We hope this new report, which uses research from The Children’s Society, is the start of an ongoing commitment from the government to better understand how children are feeling about their lives. While the report paints a fairly rosy picture, in fact children’s well-being in the UK is far lower than in many other countries, and has fallen over the course of this decade. Compared to other nations we are letting our children down.

 

“Ultimately, there are still so many unanswered questions when it comes to children’s well-being. It is only by understanding what is going on in children’s lives that we can hope to reverse the decline in children’s well-being. But as this report, and our own Good Childhood Reports show, there are real limits to what can be done with the data available. It’s time we invested much more in understanding how our children and young people are feeling. That’s why we are calling for a comprehensive national measurement of children’s well-being so we can really listen, respond and show children and young people they matter.”