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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 
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Free resources for schools and colleges

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Protecting young runaways

What should you do when a child goes missing, and how can we prevent children from going missing in the first place?

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Child protection and safeguarding

Learn about our child protection and safeguarding procedures, and find guidance on how you can protect vulnerable children

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About Friendship for All

If a child or young person is disabled and/or in the care system, they are more likely to miss out on friendship causing them to be socially isolated.

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Parenting teenagers

Bringing up a teenager is just as demanding as parenting a younger child

We fight for change, supporting disadvantaged children to have better lives.