UK lags behind other rich countries in terms of children's welfare

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:331
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    The United Kingdom ranks lowest overall of 21 industrialised countries in a new assessment of children's welfare, says a report released this week by Unicef.

    The report is based on data from members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) compiled by Unicef's Innocenti Research Centre. The report claims to provide “for the first time, a comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and young people in 21 nations of the industrialised world.”

    Drawing on 40 separate indicators relevant to children's lives and children's rights, it attempts to measure child welfare in six categories: material wellbeing, health …

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