This guide explains how we can accurately measure wellbeing in children and young people. It is a supplement to a larger report, Backing the Future: why investing in children is good for us all, which is the culmination of a programme of research carried out by nef and Action for Children.
This guide explains how we can accurately measure wellbeing in children and young people. It looks specifically at the scope of subjective indicators (e.g., life satisfaction, optimism about the future) to complement objective indicators of wellbeing (e.g., child obesity, numeracy and literacy, household income) in informing us about how children experience their lives – from their own perspectives. It covers some of the practical approaches to measuring child wellbeing that have been implemented and it discusses some of the considerations that need to be made when designing a wellbeing measurement tool for children, which includes subjective indicators.