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Children’s happiness decreased over the last ten years


The number of children aged 10 to 15 in the UK feeling unhappy with their lives has increased over the last ten years according to the Children’s Society’s tenth annual report about children’s well-being. The Good Childhood Report 2021 reveals an estimated 306,000 children are unhappy compared to 173,000 in 2011.

The report states that school is one of the main areas children are unhappy with. The proportion of children unhappy with school has increased from 1 in 11 in 2011 to 1 in 8 in 2021. The report argues that the pressure to adhere to high standards in school is affecting children’s well-being.

Also, the report reveals around 250,000  children did not cope well with changes during the coronavirus pandemic. It states that this is because children were not able to see friends and family.

To inform the report, the Children’s Society looked at data from Essex University’s Understanding Society project and the University College London’s (UCL) Millennium Cohort Study, which follows the lives of more than 18,000 people born in 2000 to 2002. The researchers also studied interviews with children and young people and Office for National Statistics population figures.

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