Research by The Children’s Society released in The Good Childhood Report finds English children are some of the unhappiest in the western world

English children are some of the unhappiest in the western world, report shows
Children with ‘low well being’ are likely to be bullied, according to the Children’s Society (Picture: monkeybusinessimages)

What can we do to cheer up the kids of England?

This is what many adults will be asking themselves today as research reveals English children to be among the unhappiest in the western world.

The Good Childhood Report published today by The Children’s Society rated children from countries in Europe and North America and found that in terms of ‘subjective wellbeing’ (how happy they consider themselves to be) found that English children came 30th out of 39 in the ratings.

A separate study that looked at 11 randomly chosen countries around the world found English children consider themselves to be the third unhappiest lot, behind nations such as Algeria and Romania.

Peter Grigg from The Children’s Society told London Live: ‘What we’re really trying to get at is how children feel about their own lives.’

He added that while the rating for England is not a good one, 90 per cent of the children they spoke to do feel good about their lives.

‘What is concerning is there is a stubborn 10 per cent of children who do suffer low well being,’ he added.

Mr Grigg said that these children who suffer ‘low well being’ are more likely to be bullied or not to get on well at school, which he calls ‘serious issues’.

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28 August 2014 | 11:46 am – Source:

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