Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Report 2019

Date: 29th October 2019
Category: Basic Health and Welfare

Children in the Park

The report evaluates wellbeing in children and young people in England, including wellbeing statistics, wider indicators on children and young people’s happiness with their relationships, self-reported health and experiences with school and an in-depth analysis of psychological wellbeing in teenage girls.

Some of the main findings, compiled both from new analysis and a collation of existing data, include:

  • the majority of children and young people report being relatively happy with their lives
  • wellbeing declines as children and young people get older
  • there were few consistent differences in wellbeing by gender in children, with young females more likely to report recently feeling anxious than males
  • there were no discernible differences in children’s wellbeing based on their ethnicity
  • experiences of being bullied, including online bullying, was the risk factor most strongly associated with psychological health throughout mid to late adolescence.
  • seeing friends and getting enough sleep were consistent protective factors for positive psychological health across adolescence
  • social media use did not have a strong association with teenage girls’ psychological health

Read the report.