UN report on child well-being in rich countries
In February 2007, the United Nations Children's Fund issued a report on child well-being in the wealthy nations of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The key findings are outlined in a PDF document (UNICEF press kit). They are summarized in the chart below, "Child poverty in perspective: An overview of child well-being in rich countries" (Report Card 7, PDF: 52 pages).
The USA and UK are bottom of the league
The United States and the United Kingdom occupy the bottom two positions in the league table. It should be noted that out of thirty member states, comparable data was only available for 21 countries. The United States was included in the summary chart despite a lack of adequate data for Subjective well-being. The criteria for Behaviours and risks (Dimension 5) include the "percentage who have been drunk more than twice." In July 2000, the son of the former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was arrested for being drunk and incapable (See: BBC news report), which just goes to show that parents with money and power cannot guarantee a problem-free childhood for their sons & daughters.
Report Card 7 was prepared by UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre in Florence. A breakdown of the criteria for each of the six dimensions is given below. The choice of indicators reflects the availability of internationally comparable data.
Dimension 1 - Material well-being
Top: Sweden — Bottom: Poland
Dimension 2 - Health and safety
Top: Sweden — Bottom: United States
Dimension 3 - Educational well-being
Top: Belgium — Bottom: Portugal
Dimension 4 - Family & peer relationships
Top: Italy — Bottom: United Kingdom
Dimension 5 - Behaviours and risks
Top: Sweden — Bottom: United Kingdom
Dimension 6 - Subjective well-being
Top: Netherlands — Bottom: United Kingdom
Updated : 1/19/2009 | Home >>