A comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and adolescents in the economically advanced nations

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Child poverty in perspective

This report builds and expands upon the analyses of Report Card No. 6 which considered relative income poverty affecting children and policies to mitigate it. Report Card 7 provides a pioneering, comprehensive picture of child well being through the consideration of six dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education, family and peer relationships, subjective well-being, behaviours and lifestyles informed by the Convention on the rights of the child and relevant academic literature.

The landmark report shows that among all of the 21 OECD countries there are improvements to be made and that no single OECD country leads in all six of the areas.

’All countries have weaknesses to be addressed’- says Innocenti Director Marta Santos Pais - ’No single dimension of well-being stands as a reliable proxy for child well-being as a whole and several OECD countries find themselves with widely differing rankings for different dimensions of children’s lives.’

The Centre’s Report Card series measures and compares the situation of children in OECD countries. This is the first UNICEF publication series devoted exclusively to the subject of children in industrialized countries. The Report Cards aim to help improve the lives of children by revealing good and bad practice through a process of international comparison and the provision of new data. Each issue focuses on a topic relevant to the overall well-being of children and includes a league table of data, comparative analysis and an editorial. By bringing an international perspective to national statistics, the Report Cards provide a vital tool for policy-makers, parliamentarians, researchers, campaigners, the media and all those working to promote the interests of children in the industrialized world. Child well-being chart The UNICEF Research Centre (Innocenti Research Center, IRC ) located in Florence (Italie) provides a new type of context indicators, very telling about the external factors (social, familiar, educational, health) generating the background of school education. COMPARING CHILD WELL-BEING IN OECD The Report Card No. 7 is accompanied by a very useful technical report explaining the methodology of the study, the rational of the comparisons, the methodology implemented for building the indicators. This paper is produced alongside Innocenti Report Card 7 Child Well-being in Rich Countries. It provides more detail on how the indicators were chosen for the Report Card, and how they were combined into components and then into dimensions. It also provides additional analysis to complement the Report Card.

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