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Wednesday, 19th August 2015

UK: The Good Childhood Report 2015

Source: Children's Society (UK)

From Summary of Findings:

In a new international comparative study of children’s subjective well-being in 15 countries, children in England ranked 14th out of 15 for satisfaction with life as a whole. England was in the bottom half of the table (ie ranking 9 or lower out of 15) for 24 out of 30 aspects of life, with especially low rankings for children’s satisfaction with their ‘self’ and with their school lives.

Findings also indicate lower well-being amongst girls than boys in relation to satisfaction with their body, appearance and self-confidence. These variations were not replicated in many other countries, suggesting that these variations are not, as might be assumed, inevitable features of growing up.

Children in England were unhappier with their school experience than those in 13 other countries. Almost twice as many children in Year 6 (34%) totally agreed that they liked going to school compared to Year 8 (18%).

Bullying emerged as a key issue in England in comparison to other countries, particularly with regard to emotional bullying.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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