Friday 8th September 2017

Over the last 12 years we have asked more than 60,000 children hot they think their lives are going. 

The Good Childhood Report 2017 is our sixth in-depth study into children’s well-being.

We produce the report in partnership with the University of York as part of ground-breaking research.

Our key findings

1.Young people’s happiness is at its lowest since 2010.

2.Fear of crime is the most common problem of all, affecting 2.2 million children.

3.One million children (18%) have seven or more serious problems in their lives.

4.Children facing seven or more of the 27 serious problems we asked about were 10 times more likely to be unhappy than those with none.

Latest trends over time

This year, children and young people’s happiness is at its lowest since 2010.

In last year’s report we found that a gap in happiness between boys and girls, especially as they get older, had opened up.

This year, the gap has not narrowed.

Fear of crime is just one of many pressures on teenagers

Serious problems in children’s lives

This year we asked about a list of 27 possible problems children and their families faced in the last five years.

Some of the most common problems, like living in a family struggling to pay the bills, are leaving millions of 10 to 17 year olds more likely to feel unhappy.

While some less common problems, like not having enough emotional support at home, are hugely reducing some children’s chances of being happy.

”If i see someone walking behind me, I’ll start running.”- Secondary school Girl