The case for national measurement of children's well-being

In partnership with the What Works Centre Wellbeing and The Gregson Family Foundation, this briefing outlines why comprhensive national measurement of children's well-being is needed in England and what steps decision makers should take to make it a reality.

Month of publication 
November
Year of publication 
2019
Number of pages 
20
Author 
Well-being research team
Category 
Research
Related reports 
Good Childhood Report 2019

The Good Childhood Report 2019

Since 2009 children and young people have become increasingly unhappy. Based on the latest figures we estimate a quarter of a million children are unhappy with their lives, with factors like friends, school and appearance all playing a role.

We are calling on the Government to introduce national measurement of well-being for all children aged 11-18 to be undertaken through schools and colleges once a year. This would enable the experiences of young people to be recorded and issues acted upon for future generations.

The Good Childhood Report 2019 is the eighth in our annual series and alongside the latest trends in children’s well-being, also looks at family, financial circumstance, multiple disadvantage and what children and young people think about the future.

Read our interactive summary.

Date published 
August 2019
Number of pages 
84