The Childrens Society

The Good
Childhood Report 2014

We asked 50,000 children over nine years about what matters to them in their lives.

The Good Childhood Report 2014 presents the latest findings from what is now the most extensive national research programme on children's subjective well-being in the world.

It is the third in a series of annual reports that we produce in partnership with the University of York.

I have low self esteem, I don't like people who I don't know staring at me. I don't like getting on the bus or even walking into classrooms sometimes.

Year 10 pupil

What is well-being and why does it matter?

Well-being is more than just happiness. It goes to the heart of our quality of life, encompassing how we relate to others and whether our lives have a sense of direction or purpose.

Our Good Childhood Index, which is just one of the measures that we use in our research, has identified the 10 areas of children's lives that have the most impact on their well-being.

By measuring children's well-being, we can explore what children think and feel about their lives, and understand how different things affect them. Armed with this information, we can work together to change children's stories and give every child the greatest possible chance in life.

According to our research, children with low well-being are five times more likely than their peers to say they've been bullied recently and 20 times less likely to feel safe at home.