Our latest well-being report, The Good Childhood Report 2014, shows that while most children in the UK have relatively high well-being, there is significant room for improvement, particularly in the area of appearance.

a smiling boy with his father

The report (dynamic online versionfull textsummary) provides crucial new insights into how children in the UK feel about their lives, how this is changing over time and how they compare with children in other countries.

Key findings 

Our report reveals that children in England ranked ninth out of 11 countries surveyed for subjective well-being, ahead of only South Korea and Uganda. In a separate survey, England also fared slightly worse than Scotland and Wales.

In addition, around 13% of 10 to 13 year olds are unhappy with the way they look, with girls faring much worse (18%) than boys (9%).

Children who are regularly active have higher well-being compared to children who are not. And children who use computers and the internet regularly have higher well-being than children who do not.

Around 10% of children living with a severely depressed mother had low well-being, compared to around 6% of children who did not.

Children who felt poorer were twice as likely to say they were unhappy and almost three  times more likely to say they had low life satisfaction.

The cover of the online version of our Good Childhood Report 2014 - the photo features a teenage boy talking to a friend

Read the report

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.