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The Good Childhood® Inquiry was commissioned by The Children's Society and launched in September 2006 as the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children.

Evidence was contributed by over 30,000 people – including over 20,000 children – taking part in polls, research and focus groups. The research was far-reaching and included children from all walks of life including children in prison, children in pupil referral units, children in early-years settings, refugee children, disabled children and many other marginalised groups.

The result is the report A Good Childhood: Searching for values in a competitive age, published on 5 February 2009. It was authored by Richard Layard and Judy Dunn. The report includes recommendations from the panel to parents, teachers, the Government, the media and society in general.

While The Good Childhood Inquiry was commissioned by The Children's Society, the inquiry panel, their report and their recommendations are independent.

The Good Childhood® is a registered trademark of The Children's Society.