Each year since 2005 the Children’s Society have surveyed children’s views about the issues they face. They say:
“Our well-being research was initiated in 2005 to fill the gap in research regarding young people’s views of their own well-being. The research focuses on positive rather than negative indicators, and on well-being in the present rather than ‘well-becoming’.
Our research aims to:
- Develop a better understanding of the concept of well-being as it relates to young people, taking full account of the perspectives of young people themselves
- Establish self-report measures of young people’s well-being and use these to identify the reasons for variations in well-being and to monitor changes in well-being over time.”
(Children’s Society, 2019a, lines 16-24)
You can read this year’s report here.
As people who work in schools it is interesting and informative for you to know more about what your pupils’ views and hopes are.
This year’s key findings are that:
- An estimated quarter of a million 10-15 year olds in the UK may be unhappy with their lives
- Boys are becoming less happy with their appearance
- Happiness with friendships is in decline
- Any experience of financial strain or poverty in childhood is linked to lower well-being by age 14.
The Children’s Society note that:
“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.”
(Children’s Society, 2019b, lines 4-7)
Children’s Society (2019a) Well-being. [online] Available from: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/research/well-being [Accessed: 17/10/19].
Children’s Society (2019b) The Good Childhood Report 2019. [online] Available from: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/resources-and-publications/the-good-childhood-report-2019 [Accessed: 17/10/19].