Our well-being research programme was initiated in 2005 to fill the gap in research regarding young people's views of their own well-being. 

The Good Childhood Report 2014

The Good Childhood Report 2014

Our new report (dynamic online version, full text, summary) reveals that reveals that England is lagging behind other countries in Europe and around the world when it comes to how happy and satisfied its children are.

The Good Childhood Report 2014 contains new findings from our ground breaking, nine-year programme of research on children’s well-being, involving around 50,000 children. This work is carried out in collaboration with the University of York and has become the most extensive national research programme on children’s subjective well-being in the world.

The report is the third in a series of annual reports published by The Children’s Society about how children in the UK feel about their lives.

To find out more read the Good Childhood Report 2014 in one of the following formats:

We have also produced a guide for parents on how to support your child’s well-being.

Ways to well-being

Take notice, Keep learning, Connect, Be active and Be creative and play are key factors that help children to improve their own well-being, reveals our new report, Ways to well-being

To help support children in these activities we have produced a set of postcards and a parent’s guide which can be downloaded here. 

Understanding children's well-being

Our well-being research programme was initiated in 2005 to fill the gap in research regarding young people's views of their own well-being. The research focuses on positive rather than negative indicators, and on well-being in the present rather than 'well-becoming'.

Our research programme aims to:

  • Develop a better understanding of the concept of well-being as it relates to young people, taking full account of the perspectives of young people themselves
  • Establish self-report measures of young people’s well-being and use these to identify the reasons for variations in well-being and to monitor changes in well-being over time.