Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries

This Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and young people in 21 nations of the industrialized world. Its purpose is to encourage monitoring, to permit comparison, and to stimulate the discussion and development of policies to improve children’s lives. The report represents a significant advance on previous titles in this series which have used income poverty as a proxy measure for overall child well-being in the OECD countries. Specifically, it attempts to measure and compare child well-being under six different headings or dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education, peer and family relationships, behaviours and risks, and young people’s own subjective sense of well-being. The United Kingdom and the United States find themselves in the bottom third of the rankings for five of the six dimensions reviewed. In all, the report draws upon 40 separate indicators relevant to children’s lives and children’s rights.