Of Rich Countries, UK Children Rank Poorly in Well-being

Young people in Britain … regularly score at the bottom of charts that measure relative deprivation, poverty, educational attainment, health and general well-being in Europe.

From a New York Times article on knife crime in the UK.

Pretty damning, but sadly unsurprising.

Out of 21 rich countries studied by UNICEF in 2007, the UK was ranked worst for family and peer relationships (reflecting factors such as family structure, time spent with family members and the quality of their friendships), and behaviours and risks (reflecting factors such as whether children eat breakfast, are physically active, use legal and/or illegal drugs, and are involved in violence). British children were also in the bottom third of the countries for material, subjective and educational well-being.


Written by multinormal

July 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

Posted in Could do better

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