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Bracknell Forest youngsters are happy, survey says

Published: 21 Mar 2014 09:300 comments

YOUNGSTERS in Bracknell Forest are looking forward to the future – after a survey revealed more than nine out of 10 are happy with life in the borough.

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More than 2,500 children took part in the children and young people’s wellbeing survey, which showed children aged eight-15 are relatively happy with their lives.

Statistics from the report – which was organised by Bracknell Forest Council and The Children’s Society – showed 86 per cent of children agreed they had a good life and 85 per cent thought their life was going well.

In total, 92 per cent of children and young people are happy. The survey showed youngsters:

- Are happier than average with their prospects for the future, their

money, the amount of choice they have, their home and their school.

- Are happier than the national average with their relationships with teachers.

- Were positive about the local area.

The results were published on Friday and Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said: “I’m really pleased the majority of our young people are happy and feel they have a good life.

“The results have given us a much clearer understanding of areas that we need to focus our work on over the next few years in order to make improvements to ensure all our children and young people have the best possible start in life.”

As well as the online survey, youngsters took part in discussion groups where they gave their thoughts on their health and appearance, safety and crime, and shops and other facilities in the community.

The feedback will shape the council’s future strategies to help young people.

National charity The Children’s Society, which conducts research with children and young people, stated the picture of children’s wellbeing in the borough is ‘encouraging’.

Jim Davis, The Children’s Society’s good childhood adviser, said: “Our work with Bracknell Forest Council has revealed a picture of wellbeing amongst children that is encouraging. The survey findings and consultations have shown that most children in the area have better wellbeing than the national average.

“But what really excites us the way authorities like Bracknell Forest have shown a commitment to children’s wellbeing by seeking the views of children and young people, including those who face particular challenges and circumstances.”

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