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.

Month of publication 
June
Year of publication 
2014
Number of pages 
59
Author 
The Children's Society
Category 
Research
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