The wellbeing and health of children in England is of paramount importance now
and into the future, but compared to other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries we could
be doing better. A recent report from the Children’s Society1 says that child wellbeing has dipped since 2008 after a period of improvement from 1994. It found that while four- fths of children are ‘ ourishing’, meaning they are satis ed as a whole and nd their lives worthwhile, 10%, or half a million, are ‘languishing’ and score poorly on measures of wellbeing.