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The well-being of children in the UK$
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325628

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325628.001.0001

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Conclusion

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(p.347) Thirteen Conclusion
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The well-being of children in the UK
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Jonathan Bradshaw

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325628.003.0013

Out of 48 comparative indicators of child well-being, the UK came in the bottom third of countries on 13, middle third of countries on 23 and top third of countries on 12 which indicates that we are doing better than before but too often not as well as we should be doing. In the period since 2009 out of 48 child well-being indicators trends have been improving in 27, deteriorating in 13 and there is no clear trend in 8. So most indicators of child well-being have been getting better. However families with children have been hard hit by the recession and children have borne the brunt of the austerity cuts in benefits and services. Child well-being is bound to suffer as a result. This is not a happy conclusion and we need to continue to monitor the well-being of children in the UK. They are our future.

Keywords:   child wellbeing indicators, austerity cuts, comparative indicators

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