Emotional Health and Well-being

What is important to children in care and care leavers?

The questions in our surveys were developed with children in care and care leavers to reflect the things they felt made their lives good. We also use measures of subjective well-being that are used in national studies and collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The questions we ask around emotional health and well-being explore:

  • Life satisfaction.
  • Happiness.
  • Feelings that the things done in life are worthwhile.
  • Positivity about the future.
  • Happiness with appearance.

In addition, children in care are asked about whether they:

  • Feel their lives are getting better.
  • Worry about their feelings or behaviour and are getting support.

We also ask care leavers about their experience of:

  • Anxiety.
  • Stress.
  • Loneliness.
  • Goals and plans for the future.
  • Positive and negative feelings.

How are local authorities supporting children and young people’s emotional health and well-being?

To read more about what children and young people feel about their lives and their well-being, have a look at our publications and news items.

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