The Good Childhood Report 2013Our latest report on the well-being of children in the UK confirms that children’s levels of well-being can be changed and improved by external factors.

So far, 42,000 children and young people have taken part in our ground-breaking research programme into the quality of children's lives - as rated by children themselves.

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Key findings

Key findings from The Good Childhood Report 2013 include:

  • In the eight to 17 age range, 14 and 15-year olds have lower well-being than younger or older children for most aspects of their lives
  • Children in the UK experienced a rise in well-being between 1994 and 2008, but this appears to have stalled and may have begun to reverse in recent years
  • Around four-fifths of children are ‘flourishing’, meaning that they are both satisfied with their lives and find their lives worthwhile
  • Children with low well-being are over 20 times less likely than other children to feel safe at home, eight times more likely to say that their family does not get along well together and five times more likely to report having recently been bullied
  • Children who lack five or more items on our deprivation index are 13 times less likely to feel safe at home and six times less likely to feel positive about the future
  • The amount of harmony, support and parental control within families all have a significant impact on children’s well-being
  • Our work with the New Economics Foundation (nef), on ways to improve well-being, pinpoints a range of things that children and families can do to help improve well-being. These are: connect, be active, keep learning, take notice, and a new fifth way to well-being relating to creativity, imagination and play. Read more in our ways to well-being page.

Our research also shows that there is a strong case for using data on children’s self-reported well-being to inform central and local government decision-making. 

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