In 2005, The Children's Society included two key questions on well-being in a national survey that we carried out with 8,000 young people aged 14 to 16.

These questions enabled young people to tell us in their own words what makes for a good life for young people and what gets in the way of a good life. Young people’s comments mostly related to the quality of their relationships – the importance of love, support, fairness, respect, safety and freedom – and a list of ten key topics:

  • family
  • friends
  • leisure
  • school/learning
  • behaviour
  • local environment
  • community
  • money
  • attitudes
  • health.

The findings of this research were published in September 2006 to mark the launch of The Children's Society's Good Childhood Inquiry, the UK's first national inquiry into childhood.

As well as representing an invaluable contribution to the evidence base considered as part of Good Childhood Inquiry, the 2005 survey also informed the development of the 2008 survey, The Children's Society's first survey devoted to children and young people's subjective well-being.

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