The aim of the Monitor is to report on the wellbeing of children and young people (ages 0-25) using a wide range of information and research including the voices of children and young people themselves.
The Monitor is based on themes taken from the Assembly Government’s seven core aims for children and young people. It includes statistics on a range of issues such as:
- how healthy our children and young people are,
- have they got enough support when they are very small,
- how they’re getting on at school and college,
- are they getting enough career opportunities,
- are they safe at home or in the street,
- are enough of them able to play sports and;
- how many are living in poverty.
Huw Lewis said:
“The wellbeing and happiness of children and young people in Wales is one of our highest priorities, so we need accurate information in order to make good decisions on how to achieve that.
“The Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Monitor helps us to understand the broad picture of children and young people’s wellbeing in Wales. By understanding the issues children are facing we can take action that will improve the lives of our children and young people.
“Having reliable, up-to-date facts can also help local councils, charities and other organisations to plan services for children and young people. It helps us all to spot problems and keep track of how we’re getting on with the job of improving the lives of the young.
“In this Monitor, for the first time, we asked children and young people directly what they feel about their lives and the world in which they live. This will give us a much clearer idea about what children and young people want and expect from the services provided to them.
“The Monitor shows a number of areas where progress has been made such as infant mortality rates falling, a decrease in the number of children being killed by road accidents and a decrease in the number of adolescents taking up smoking.
“However, there are still challenges ahead and the Monitor does show that the wellbeing of children living in deprivation and poverty is not so favourable. That only serves to reinforce the importance of our commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020 by delivering on the actions set out in our child poverty strategy.”