UK ‘continues to fail children on wellbeing’

The UK continues to be among the worst performing developed countries for children’s wellbeing, according to Save the Children.

The charity’s annual ‘State of the World’s Mothers’ report ranks the UK among the bottom half of developed countries at 23 in the world, in its children’s index which is based on pre-school and school enrolment as well as under-five mortality rates. While pre-primary school enrolment is 100 per cent in France, Germany and Netherlands the UK’s rate is just 81 per cent.

Save the Children’s chief executive Justin Forsyth said: “We know that pre-school nursery or playgroup access helps all children but especially the poorest. It is a national embarrassment that the UK lags so far behind other countries of a similar size and wealth.”

The top-rated country in terms of children’s wellbeing was Sweden, with Italy and Japan being handed joint second place. Somalia was ranked bottom.

A report published last week by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also found that the UK performed poorly in terms of child poverty, despite being one of the world’s biggest spenders on family support.

It called on the UK government to consider switching the focus of its funding from benefits paid directly to families to creating more affordable childcare places.

Source: CYPNow

Nicki, Business Director

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