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A UNICEF study from 2007 placed the UK at the bottom of the child well-being league table among developed countries. As a result, concern for promoting child well-being shot up the UK's political agenda.

But why did the UK come last, and why do children here continue to fare so poorly compared to other, similar countries?

UNICEF UK, Ipsos MORI and Dr Agnes Nairn worked together to explore the reasons behind the statistics by comparing children's lives and experiences in the UK with those of children living in Spain and Sweden.

What we found has serious implications for how we move forward as a society and how we tackle the impact that materialism and inequality have on children’s well-being.

For more information, contact the UNICEF Parliamentary Team at parliamentaryteam@unicef.org.uk.

 
New research by Ipsos MORI for UNICEF UK has shown that children in the UK feel trapped in a "materialistic culture" and don't have enough time with their families.  © UNICEF 2011
New research by Ipsos MORI for UNICEF UK has shown that children in the UK feel trapped in a "materialistic culture" and don't have enough time with their families. © UNICEF 2011