Now in its fourth edition, this is the classic assessment of the state of child well-being in the United Kingdom.
This edition has been updated to review the latest evidence, examining the outcomes for children of the impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures since 2008. It draws together a vast amount of robust empirical evidence and includes intra-UK and international comparisons. Edited by a highly regarded expert in the field, each chapter covers a different domain of child well-being, including health, wellbeing, housing and education.
This is an invaluable resource for academics, students, practitioners and policy makers concerned with child welfare and wellbeing.
"With chapters written by exceptional authors, rich data, intra and inter national comparison and above all the leadership of Prof Bradshaw this is a most valuable publication for anyone who cares about children, wants to know more about their life and to promote their well-being." Asher Ben-Arieh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
“This wide-ranging, information-dense, analytic yet accessible text will appeal to a multi-disciplinary audience. Students, researchers, policymakers and on-the-ground practitioners will find this a relevant, up-to-date and comprehensive resource… This book makes a significant contribution to helping to promote a realistic, research-informed understanding of children’s wellbeing.” Children’s Geographies
“In the absence of an official ‘State of the Nation’ report on child well-being in the UK, this volume – like its predecessors – is the place to go. Offering rigorous and dispassionate analysis of the evidence, it makes sense of where we are and points to what needs to be done.” Nick Axford, Head of What Works, Dartington Social Research Unit
Jonathan Bradshaw CBE, FBA is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of York. In addition to research into family policy, in recent years his research has focused on international comparisons of child poverty, child benefit packages and child well-being. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a board member of the Child Poverty Action Group.
Introduction ~ Jonathan Bradshaw;
Demography of childhood ~ Jonathan Bradshaw;
Child poverty and deprivation ~ Jonathan Bradshaw and Gill Main;
Physical health ~ Jonathan Bradshaw, Veronica Dale and Karen Bloor;
Subjective well-being and mental health ~ Gwyther Rees Gill Main;
Education ~ Antonia Keung;
Housing and the environment for children ~ Deborah Quilgars;
Children’s time and space ~ Antonia Keung;
Children and young people in care and leaving care ~ Gwyther Rees and Mike Stein;
Child maltreatment ~ Gwyther Rees;
Childcare and early years ~ Christine Skinner;
Children, crime and correction ~ Rachel Morris and Lisa O’Malley;
Conclusion ~ Jonathan Bradshaw.