Reports, research & surveys
Here's a list of reports, research & surveys you might find helpful.
21st August 2019
Girlguiding Girls Attitudes Survey 2019
Each year, Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey takes a snapshot of what girls and young women think on a wide range of issues. The survey gives girls’ and young women’s voices a platform to be heard and considered at the highest levels of decision-making across the UK. It empowers girls to speak out on the issues that really matter to them and affect their lives today. This major survey, now in its 11th year, canvasses the opinions of over 2,000 girls and young women aged 7 to 21, inside and outside guiding across the UK. Here’s a summary of the 2019 report.
88% of girls and young women aged 7-21 feel it’s urgent that we all do more to protect the environment.
Girls tell us they’re worried about the environment and want more to be done to protect it — whether that’s through decision-makers listening to them or by having opportunities to take action themselves in their daily lives.
Access to play and sport:
of girls aged 7-10 don't have access to a playground with swings and a slide.
Girls tell us what would encourage them to go outdoors more. We discover that girls want outdoor spaces that are cleaner, safer and easier to access, as well as more coverage of women’s sport on TV
Life online and the media:
45% of girls and young women aged 11-21 feel they need to check their phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Girls tell us they want the internet to be a safer place that’s free from harmful content. They also tell us what pressures they face, including feeling like they have to look a certain way or to always be online.
Bullying and friendships:
79% of girls and young women aged 7-21 have experienced bullying or unacceptable behaviours
Girls tell us they often experience bullying and unacceptable behaviours — from name calling to controlling behaviour from a partner — and how this makes them feel less confident, lonely or less likely to go out.
Skills and education:
64% of girls and young women aged 11-21 think there is too much pressure and focus on doing well in exams
Girls tell us they don’t get enough support at school when it comes to exams, or equal choices in subjects, careers advice and experience. We also find out why girls think there are fewer women in
You can check out the full report here
24th April 2019
The Next Generation
... how intergenerational interaction improves life chances of children and young people
Report from United for All Ages looks at the important benefits of bringing generations together. Key recommendations include:
Every nursery, childminder, parent/toddler group and children’s centre should link with a local older people’s care home or housing scheme – and vice versa
Every primary and secondary school should involve and engage with older people in their community – from hosting older volunteers and services to linking with care providers
Every community should explore opportunities to develop places where younger and older people can mix and share activities and experiences – creating 500 centres for all ages by 2023
Every local authority should develop a strategy for building communities for all ages where meaningful mixing is part of everyday life – involving local people and providers
Every children’s and young people’s charity and community organisation should look at how to solve tough issues facing the next generation through intergenerational projects
Funders should support projects that promote positive relationships building trust and understanding between younger and older people – working with the media to rid Britain of ageism
Investors should look outside the box of age-related silos to invest in imaginative co-located care, learning and housing schemes that bring younger and older people together
Government should support and promote mixing between different generations through intergenerational care, learning and housing, explaining why it’s key to creating better services, stronger communities, a stronger Britain and an end to ageism
26th February 2019
Faith in the Nexus
Interim report from Faith in the Nexus, a research project looking at ways in which schools can/are connecting with families and churches. Key questions emerging from the research include:
In what ways can church primary schools increase the confidence with which families support children’s exploration of faith and spiritual dimension of life?
How can religious education and worship in school to include opportunities to support school families and staff?
What is required to enable church and church primary school relationships to be sustainable?
How can the local Christian community nurture church school families, particularly in areas of socio-economic deprivation?
What does the concept of church mean to church school families?
26th February 2019
Church Army Research into Messy Church
This research has discovered evidence to CELEBRATE
Messy Church is reaching families who are new to church
Messy Church is growing disciples
Messy Church is modelling new patterns of leadership
Messy Churches are developing and maturing as church
Ongoing CHALLENGES exist around how
Messy Church leaders are over-stretched and under-supported
Messy Churches can find creating a culture of discipleship demanding
Messy Churches are often vulnerable and under-resourced
Messy Churches live with ambiguity over what it means to be church
So what MORE has been learned?
Being intentional about discipleship is important
Meeting more frequently is not necessarily ‘the’ answer
Real community is messy
20th September 2018
Girls' Attitude Survey 2018
Girl-guiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. They have 100,000 volunteers who work to make a positive difference in girls and young women’s lives giving them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. Find out more about their annual research into girls and young women’s views on subjects ranging from education to personal safety and wellbeing. Fascinating reading!
31st August 2018
Good Childhood Report 2018
The Children's Society has just published the Good Childhood Report for 2018. Findings include:
Pressure to fit in with society's expectations is making children unhappy
Alarming numbers of children are self-harming
Non-stop comments about appearance are harmful to girls' well-being
Outdated gender stereotypes are damaging to boys' and girls' happiness
Family relationships are particularly important for girls
Access the report summary here - including its helpful advice for parents.
21st August 2018
Kin & Country
Growing up as a child in the armed forces
“For me, when you’re older it’s not so much about making new friends, it’s about the potential for messing up your life” – child’s view of childhood in the armed forces. Full report from the children’s commissioner.
9th August 2018
Childhood Vulnerability - 2018 Report
The Children’s Commissioner has published her 2018 report into Childhood Vulnerability. The headlines are:
2.1 million children in England – one in six – are living vulnerable lives due to complex family circumstances.
1.6 million ‘invisible’ children are living in vulnerable situations but receiving no known support or help from the system.
Report estimates 825,000 children are living in a family with domestic violence and that over 100,000 children are living in a family with the so-called ‘toxic trio’ of domestic violence, mental health and alcohol or substance abuse.
The report estimates that 2.1 million of England’s 11.8 million children – one in six – are living in families with risks so serious that they need some level of help. The study also warns that for 1.6 million of those vulnerable children, the support is effectively ‘invisible’ – we don’t know if they are actually getting any coordinated help, despite the difficulties they are growing up with. Some of the risks these children face include parents with mental health problems or parents who are alcoholics or have substance abuse problems. The 2.1 million children growing up in families with these complex needs includes:
890,000 children with parents suffering serious mental health problems
825,000 children living in homes with domestic violence
470,000 children whose parents use substances problematically
100,000 children who are living in a family with a “toxic trio” (mental health problems, domestic violence and alcohol and/or substance abuse)
470,000 children living in material deprivation
170,000 children who care for their parents or siblings
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the report, said:
“Over a million of the most vulnerable children in England cannot meet their own ambitions because they are being let down by a system that doesn’t recognise or support them – a system that too often leaves them and their families to fend for themselves until crisis point is reached."