Metrics Children Wellbeing

Why it matters

When the research that informs The Good Childhood Report was started in 2005, discussion of children’s wellbeing was mostly between adults, without children’s’ views being considered.

Much of the research focused on children’s wellbeing as adults rather than their current well-being as children. The Children’s Society’s wellbeing research programme was initiated by The Children’s Society to focus on childhood in its own right rather than as preparation for adulthood.

Discussion of children’s subjective wellbeing also provides a counterweight to other measures of children’s lives that tend to dominate, such as educational attainment, or health behaviours like drinking and drug use. 

NPC’s Well-being Measure is an online survey-based tool designed to help charities, schools and other organisations show the difference they make to the lives of young people. It looks at eight aspects of subjective well-being to quantify your impact on a group aged 11 to 16. It’s flexible so you can choose which aspects you measure and add your own questions.

NPC’s Well-being Measure can help you prove to funders what you’ve achieved, gather evidence to improve your services, save time and resources, and get a high quality validation of your work.


















To address the current national health and wellbeing crisis where one in ten children suffers from a mental illness The Mindfulness Foundation recommends that the Ofsted online Data Dashboard be enhanced to include a snapshot of Wellbeing performance. The current ‘Attendance’ page would be renamed ‘Wellbeing’ and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), applied to looked-after children since 2008, would be extended to all children and added as a Wellbeing measure along with Attendance.

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