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Children’s well-being and social relationships in the UK: 2018
Date:26 MAR 2018
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The Office for National Statistics has published its 2018 report on children’s well-being and social relationships in the UK


The study looks at how children aged 0 to 15 years are coping in a range of areas that affect their quality of life, reflecting the circumstances of their lives and their own perspectives. It found that:
  • The proportion of children aged 10 to 15 years who argued more than once a week with their mother fell significantly from 30.5% in 2009 to 2010 to 25.8% in 2015 to 2016.
  • The proportion of children aged 10 to 15 years who talked to their father more than once a week about things that mattered to them increased significantly from 38.0% in 2009 to 2010 to 45.2% in 2015 to 2016.
  • The growth in children talking to their fathers more was driven largely by girls, who reported an increase from 35.7% in 2009 to 2010 to 45.6% in 2015 to 2016, making this aspect of children's relationships with their fathers now very similar for both boys and girls.
  • The proportion of children aged 10 to 15 years reporting high or very high happiness with friends fell significantly from 85.8% in 2015 to 80.5% in 2017, with boys being the main driver of this change.
  • The proportion of children aged 10 to 15 years who reported using social networking sites for more than three hours on a normal school day increased significantly from 8.6% in 2010 to 2011 to 12.8% in 2015 to 2016, with girls more than twice as likely to spend this length of time using social networking sites

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Children’s well-being and social relationships, UK: 2018


Click here to view the full report.

Children's Well-being Measures

Click here to view the latest data for the 31 measures of children’s well-being, within seven domains, complementing the national measures of well-being.

Note: Data in table 2 "Participated in any sport in the last week, by gender and age" of tab 4.1 “Sport participation” are currently under review, pending revision.
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