The Good Childhood Report cover 2018

Children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming.

Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave. Twice as many girls are self-harming as boys, and almost half of children attracted to the same or both genders self-harm.

We’re urging the Government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

The Good Childhood Report 2018, produced in partnership with the University of York, is the seventh in a series of annual reports published by The Children’s Society about how children in the UK feel about their lives.

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Month of publication 
August
Year of publication 
2018
Number of pages 
88
Author 
The Children's Society
Category 
Research
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The Good Childhood Report 2017 cover

The Good Childhood Report 2017

The Good Childhood Report 2017, produced in partnership with the University of York, is the sixth in a series of annual reports published by The Children’s Society about how children in the UK feel about their lives. The report examines the latest trends in well-being over time, explanations for gender patterns in well-being, and insights on how problems mount up to damage children’s well-being.

The report shows that one million teenagers have seven or more serious problems in their lives. At a time of drastic Government cuts to funding for local children’s services, the findings give us deep cause for concern.

Our spotlight papers look more closely at the lives of teenagers hit hardest by these devastating Government cuts. They uncover new evidence on how overwhelming problems damage children’s well-being.

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Date published 
August 2017
Number of pages 
64