The Good Childhood Report 2018

Based on this year's Good Childhood Report, we've compiled advice on discussing sexuality, dealing with self-harm and communicating with young people.
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The Good Childhood Report

Looking back over a longer timeframe than ever before, we can see that children's well-being is as low as it was 20 years ago. Children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming.

Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave. Twice as many girls are self-harming as boys, and almost half of children attracted to the same or both genders self-harm.


Advice for parents

The Good Childhood Report 2018 has revealed how important close family relationships are.

This article is an overview of how to respond to some of the issues raised in the report, nurturing the bond you have with your child and encouraging them to talk about what's on their mind.

Advice about self-harm

Worried because you're self-harming, or you think your child might be? Read our advice for young people and parents detailing how to spot the signs of self-harm, the best actions to take if you are self-harming and how to respond if you notice someone self-harming. 

Self-harm in children - statistics

Rates of self-harm in children are worryingly high, according to our 2018 Good Childhood Report.

Our cohort study of 14 year olds, showed that one in six young people have self-harmed in the past year.

Discussing sexuality

Whether your child is gay, bisexual, or heterosexual, it’s important to nurture a healthy attitude towards sex and sexuality, so that they have the confidence and information they need when navigating their future relationships. Read our advice on how to discuss sexuality with your children. 

Gender roles and stereotypes

Gender identity is an often-talked about topic. Through both traditional and social media, society is becoming more aware of new ideas about gender roles.

But how much do young people hold onto gender norms, and how does that feed into the picture of their well-being?

Advice for young people

Young people might feel very confused as they discover new feelings around their sexuality and they might not be able to make the first steps to talk to an adult about these new feelings.

We've put together some advice, on our advice hub.