NEW - Good Childhood Report 2022

The Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood Report about children’s wellbeing was published last week.

You can access the full report, plus our summary and youth reports here

Headline findings from our Good Childhood Report 2022:
• It shows that around 1 in 16 children (6%) aged 10 to 15 in the UK are unhappy with their lives, and almost 1 in 8 (12%) are unhappy with school.
• It also reveals that girls (aged 10 to 15) are significantly more unhappy with their appearance than boys with almost 1 in 5 (18%) unhappy with their appearance compared to 10% of boys.
• In 2019-20, children’s (aged 10 to 15) happiness with school and schoolwork declined significantly with age. It was also significantly lower among those in lower income households.
• Our own annual survey of children and their parents and carers, conducted in May and June 2022, highlights the importance of ensuring that children feel listened to with 1 in 8 (13%) 10 to 17 year olds unhappy with how much they are listened to at school.
• As expected, the cost of living crisis is having a significant effect on families, with 85% of parents and carers completing our 2022 survey saying they are concerned about how it will affect their families in the next year, and over a third of parents and carers reporting they had already struggled with costs of school trips and uniform over the last year.

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It would be great to hear from @schools how they have been tackling some of these issues through the Well Schools steps to success with an emphasis on those pupils most underserved and where you have driven at the health and happiness of children to unlock learning.