UK children amongst the most unhappy in the world.

Another day, another report.

The Children’s Society latest report is once again damming, a sad reflection of society and how the UK children feel about themselves and to their levels of happiness.

Excepts of their report say;

Individual and family factors

Demographic variables such as age, gender and ethnicity explain relatively little of the variation in children’s subjective well-being. However, despite this general picture, there are important inequalities in subjective well-being, with some sub-groups of children reporting substantially lower than average subjective well-being. These include children living away from family, such as those ‘looked-after’ in residential and foster care and children who have difficulties with learning. As can be seen in figure 7 below, more than half of children not living with their family experience low levels of life satisfaction, compared with fewer than one in 10 children living with their family. Findings such as these strengthen the case for targeted service interventions to improve the overall quality of these children’s lives.

Another key finding is that recent changes in family structure are far less important for children’s well-being than the quality of their family relationships (e.g. levels of family conflict) and that children’s subjective well-being tends to be higher when they are in a family environment that provides a balance of warmth and support on the one hand and
autonomy on the other. This may suggest that policies and services focused on supporting better family relationships should be prioritised over those which promote certain family structures. In terms
of economic factors, we have found that traditional measures of family economic status (eg household income) explain a small amount of the variation in children’s subjective well-being, but child-centred indicators of material deprivation explain much more. These findings clearly have national policy implications and should contribute to the current debates about re-prioritising targets to reduce rates of child poverty in the UK.

Not living with family- %with low satisfaction 52.0%

Living with family- with low satisfaction 9.4%–


When is this government going to act on these appalling statistics, children are telling them and all of us that they are unhappy about the way they look, bullying and their family life.

As adults we have a responsibility to be doing everything we can to ensure that children’s self esteem is the best it can be, and their well-being is of paramount importance.

Put the children first.


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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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