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Introduction

Jonathan Bradshaw

in The well-being of children in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428370
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428370.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is an attempt to establish how British children are doing. Of course, there is already a great deal of material available on children's well-being in the UK, and it specifically draws on it in this volume. However, the objective of this book is to bring the evidence together in one place, in a critical discursive review, which has not been carried out elsewhere. The aims of Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre are presented. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was the pioneer of well-being indices. The comparative studies of child well-being have found an association between spending on children and child outcomes. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data on spending on families with children indicates that since 1990 it has been increasing in most countries, including the UK. An overview of the chapters included in this book is provided.

Keywords: British children; Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre; United Nations Children's Fund; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; UK; spending

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