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Place2Be responds to the Children’s Society Good Childhood report


Released today, the Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood report studies the state of children’s wellbeing in the UK.

This year’s report has found that childhood happiness has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, with more than 200,000 children saying that they’re unhappy with their lives. Almost 12% of children reported being unhappy with school - which is the highest level since the survey began.

The report also found that:

  • - 33% of children are worried about whether they will have enough money in the future
  • - 29% worry they will not find a job
  • - 42% are very or quite worried about crime
  • - 41% are very or quite worried about the environment.

Richard Crellin, policy and research manager at the Children’s Society, said “Children appear to be having declining happiness with their friends, which is concerning. And boys have seen a significant decline in how they feel about their appearance. It is too soon to report a trend, but there were also big dips this year in [happiness about] school and schoolwork. If that continues it would suggest young people are finding school increasingly difficult.”

Place2Be is proud to work with schools to help children and young people to cope with a wide range of issues including bullying, school transition and exam pressure. Rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years, and we know that children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age.

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be, said “Place2Be shares the Children’s Society’s view that children’s health should be a national priority. While everyone aspires to be happy, we also need to recognise that sometimes growing up can be tough. As the leading provider of in-school mental health support, Place2Be helps children and young people to build resilience and lifelong coping skills, to enable them to deal with life’s ups and downs – and to thrive.”

Read the full Good Childhood report >>

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