This paper looks to answer some of these questions and shares new data, with the aim of bringing fresh insight into how to understand and measure the impact of interventions designed to improve the well-being of children in the UK.
NPC’s data on the well-being of almost 7,000 11- to 16-year olds shows sharply falling levels of well-being among children during their teenage years.
Most strikingly of all, it reveals that girls’ well-being falls away badly, while boys’ remains relatively stable.
It is worrying, then, that much public policy seems to be moving in the opposite direction.
Practitioners in schools and charities, as well as policymakers, should take note of the differences between girls’ and boys’ well-being highlighted in this paper and support the tailoring of activities for the children who will benefit most.