Good Childhood Report 2015: Findings

Our findings from this year’s Good Childhood Report 2015 are available in our summary.

Here is an outline of the findings from this year.

 Boy and girl in bedroom

Summary of findings

  •  In a new international study of children’s well-being, children in England ranked 14th out of 15 countries for satisfaction with life as a whole.
  •  Children in England are among the most unhappy with their school life in the world. This increased with age as almost twice as many children in Year 6 (10 and 11 year olds) (34%) totally agreed that they liked going to school compared to Year 8 (12 and 13 year olds) (18%).
  • One in nine children (11%) are unhappy with their school life.
  • 38% of children (10 and 12 year olds) in England are bullied each month and half have felt excluded by their peer group.
  • Girls in England were bottom of the international rankings in terms of happiness with their body confidence, appearance and self-esteem, and were twice as likely as boys to say they were unhappy with their bodies (18% vs 8%)
  • Half of children (52%) who don’t live with their family, including those who are ‘looked after’ in residential or foster care, had low overall well-being. This compares to fewer than one in 10 (9%) children who live with their families.