According to the latest Good Childhood report 2015 published this week by the Children’s Society, children in the UK are unhappy. The report measures subjective well-being in a number of key areas including relationships with family and friends, school life, satisfaction with appearance, money and possessions.
Generally it found that compared to other nations children ‘in England have relatively low levels of satisfaction with four aspects of life – their relationships with teachers, their body, the way that they look, and their self-confidence’. Information on the methodology and sources used is provided on the website.
For further data on children’s lives worldwide: see the UNICEF report state of the World’s children. This has case studies of inequality. The executive summary has data tables on aspects of children’s lives. The annual Save the Children’s Fund state of the World’s mothers report also provides shocking data on levels of infant and early child mortality in developing countries.