Our research has shown that a significant minority of children in the UK have low levels of well-being. This will have severe impact on their childhood and life chances, as well as on the families and communities around them, and the agencies that support them.

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We also now know that policy makers can do something about this. Our evidence shows that external factors play a major role in determining children’s life satisfaction and life chances. From this evidence, we have identified six priorities that promote positive well-being for children and can make a real difference to their lives.

Read the full report, Promoting positive well-being for children 

The six priorities for children’s well-being are:

  1. The conditions to learn and develop
  2. A positive view of themselves and an identity that is respected
  3. Have enough of what matters
  4. Positive relationships with family and friends
  5. A safe and suitable home environment and local area
  6. Opportunity to take part in positive activities to thrive

Promoting positive well-being for children requires a radical new approach, using these six priorities to make decisions which work for children. This will help make the UK the best place in the world for children to grow up, and give every child the best possible chance of having a good childhood and a positive outlook for their adult lives.