UNICEF launches the latest in its report card series

Date: 11th April 2013
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare, General measures of implementation

UNICEF has launched the Innocenti Report Card 11: Child well-being in rich countries - a comparative overview' which provides an update to the data found in the previous Report Card 7 which was published in 2007.

The report presents the latest available overview of child well-being in 29 of the world's most advanced economies. It considers five dimensions of children's lives - material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviours and risks, and housing and environment - as well as children's subjective well-being.

The report puts the UK in 16th position, below Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Portugal.
Worrying findings include high rates of teenage pregnancy, and high numbers of young people out of education, employment and training.

The UK has one of the highest alcohol abuse rates among 11-15 year olds, and was placed in the bottom third of the infant mortality league table.

Although the Report Card shows the UK moved up the league table in overall well being, since 2010 the downgrading of youth policy and cuts to local government services are having a profound negative effect on young people age 15-19.

Please note the data covers the UK and are not disaggregated.