Between 2009 and 2013, NPC worked with more than 50 UK charities to measure the well-being of young people aged between 12 and 18. Drawing on feedback from nearly 7,000 children, NPC looked at their:
- Overall life satisfaction
- Emotional well-being
- Satisfaction with friends
- Satisfaction with community
- Satisfaction with family
- Satisfaction with school
Our data showed falling levels of well-being for all children, with contentment falling more quickly for girls in every category.
NPC has called on the Committee to use its data as it assesses the quality of sex education in UK schools, and to address the policy failures which leave girls particularly vulnerable to pressure while they are growing up.
The Committee will make further decisions about its enquiry after the summer.