Monday, January 16, 2012

The Good Childhood Report 2012

Last week The Good Childhood Report 2012 was published - the result of many years joint study into the well-being of young people by The Children's Society and the University of York. Newsround mentioned this on Thursday morning, and they asked kids for feedback on what made them happy and unhappy.

The Good Childhood report has a section on bullying. The Report states: ... the issue of bullying was tremendously important to children, and this importance is confirmed by our survey data. In 2008, we asked children how often they had been bullied in the past 12 months and .... we found a strong relationship between responses to this question and overall well-being. In fact, this single question had as much power to explain variations in well-being as all the individual and family characteristics included in the survey combined.

The survey found that around 19% of children in primary school (years 4 and 6) had been bullied more than three times in the previous three months compared to around 9% of those in secondary school (years 8 and 10). Half a million children in the UK could be unhappy.

Just two weeks to LGBT History Month, which is highlighting sport in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

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