One interesting insight into children’s wellbeing in the UK is around friendships. The best available data suggests that children have become steadily less happy with their friends since 2009/10.
What’s particularly fascinating is that they are not necessarily unhappy with their friends, its more that they are increasingly ambivalent, describing their friendships as making them neither happy nor unhappy. Its all a bit ‘meh’!
We recently asked children what makes a good friendship and what advice they would give to other young people to help them navigate their friendships. We hope this guide is useful - particularly as friendships ‘reset’ in the return to school!
We also produced a guide for adults too because young people talked a lot about how sometimes, when adult intervene in children’s friendships, it doesn’t always help!
If you find either of these useful let us know!