8 Oct 2014

The Children’s Society has issued the following response to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) report, Measuring National Well-being - Exploring the Well-being of Children in the UK, published today.

Lily Caprani, Director of Strategy at The Children’s Society, said: 'The fact that millions of children in the UK are not enjoying a good childhood should be a wake-up call to adults.

'This report shows that too many children are suffering from being victims of crime, as well as bullying and low self-esteem. Very often as a society we treat teenagers as people to be feared, but we need to change our attitudes and recognise they are often vulnerable victims.

Good communication between children and adults is key

'We know that supportive family relationships and communication are vital to children’s happiness, yet too few children are talking to their mums and dads regularly about the things that matter.

'Children with low well-being are more likely to experience serious issues, such as poor outcomes related to school, family and their health. They are facing very real problems we can all work to solve. The first, and most important step, is to make sure children feel comfortable talking to adults and all of us – from policy makers to parents and teachers - listen very closely to what they have to say.'

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Notes to editor

  • Our Good Childhood Report 2014 draws on what 50,000 children have told us about their well-being.
  • The Children’s Society has helped change children’s stories for over a century. We expose injustice and address hard truths, tackling child poverty and neglect head-on. We fight for change based on the experiences of every child we work with and the solid evidence we gather. Through our campaigning, commitment and care, we are determined to give every child in this country the greatest possible chance in life.