Our 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.

Month of publication 
July
Year of publication 
2013
Number of pages 
56
Author 
The Children's Society and the University of York
Category 
Research
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The Good Childhood report 2012

Our well-being report reveals that half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives. Children who have low levels of happiness are much less likely to enjoy being at home with their family, feel safe when with their friends, like the way they look and feel positive about their future.

Date published 
January 2012
Number of pages 
64

The Good Childhood Report 2012 - A review of our children's well-being

This report is about children's subjective well-being. The purpose of this report is to draw together the research we have undertaken with c hildren to date to present an overview of the current state of children's well-being in England. The report summarises previously pubilshed findings from the research programme and presents a range of new findings.

Date published 
January 2012
Number of pages 
64

The Good Childhood Report 2012 - Full report

This report identifies 11 key areas that children use to define their own sense of well-being. This report is the product of an ongoing collaboration between us and the University of York.

Date published 
January 2012
Number of pages 
64

The Good Childhood Report 2012 - Summary report

In this summary we look at the overall findings from the 2012 report and suggest six priorities for policy-makers to help improve the situation for our children and young people. This report is the product of an ongoing collaboration between The Children’s Society and the University of York.

Date published 
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Number of pages 
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The good childhood: a national inquiry - Executive Summary

In 2010, we asked thousands of young people what they think makes for a good childhood. Their answers, which were both direct and challenging, are the subject of this summary report.

Date published 
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Number of pages 
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Date published 
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Number of pages 
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Our survey provides a unique insight into the lives of children and young people aged eight to 17 living in the county of Leicestershire. Almost 2,500 children and young people in eight primary schools and six secondary schools participated in the survey.
The aim of undertaking the survey is to identify the aspects of life where children in Leicestershire are doing well and those where they are not doing so well, in order to identify potential local priorities for improving well-being.

Date published 
2013
Number of pages 
39

Portsmouth survey of children and young people 2014

Our survey provides a unique insight into the lives of children and young people aged seven to 18 living in Portsmouth. Over 4,100 children and young people in 16 primary schools, six secondary schools, two colleges and one Special Educational Needs school participated in the survey.

The aim of undertaking the survey is to identify the aspects of life where children in Portsmouth are doing well and those where they are not doing so well, in order to identify potential local priorities for improving well-being.

Date published 
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Number of pages 
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