Every child or young person should be safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.
These eight indicators help make sure everyone – children, parents, and the people who work with them, such as teachers and health visitors – has a common understanding of wellbeing.
The eight wellbeing indicators connect and overlap.
For example, a health difficulty may have an effect on a child or young person achieving their goals or being active. When considered together the different elements of wellbeing give the whole picture of a child’s or young person’s life at a particular point in time.
A child’s or young person’s wellbeing is influenced by everything around them.
This includes their individual circumstances, the support they get from their family and community, and the services that support them. Factors such as adequate sleep, play and a healthy, balanced diet have a positive impact on all aspects of a child’s or young person’s wellbeing. While the effects of poverty and isolation can have a negative effect on their wellbeing.
It is up to all of us – parents, early learning providers, health visitors, teachers, GPs, police – to work together to promote, support and safeguard the wellbeing of all of our children and young people.
Children and young people have different experiences and needs at different times in their lives. Understanding how this affects their wellbeing, and providing the right support when they need it, helps them grow and develop and reach their full potential.