The Children's Society
The Good Childhood Report 2018 is the seventh in a series of annual ‘state of the nation’ reports on children’s well-being in the UK, born out of a desire to fill the gap in what is known about how children feel about their lives. In 2005, The Children’s Society joined forces with the University of York to begin looking at this topic in depth, in the knowledge that children’s voices about what is important for a good life were largely missing from the debate on children’s well-being. Over the last 13 years, we have carried out qualitative research with children to better understand what contributes to – and what hinders – their well-being. We have also conducted quantitative research to monitor trends in well-being over time, explore international, national and local data, highlight variations in well-being for children with different characteristics and experiences, and propose explanations for those variations.