Social And Emotional Wellbeing Indicators
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
Why is there so little nationally and internationally comparable data on the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people?
How can Australia begin to benchmark the wellbeing of its own children and young people without such basic information?
With the support of the Fred P. Archer Trust, which is managed by the Trust Company, and in partnership with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and UNICEF Australia, ARACY commissioned two research papers to address what is meant by social and emotional wellbeing for children (those aged 0–12 years) and young people (those aged 13-25 years) and to identify possible key national measures / indicators based on these constructs. This work also considers the policy and practice implications of analysing and reporting on such data.
The new emphasis on whole-of-child reporting has complemented more longstanding series of reports on issues such as educational achievement in Australia and internationally (OECD, 2001, 2004, 2007). It is also in step with broader international efforts to develop wide-ranging indexes of child and youth wellbeing (Ben-Arieh, 2008; UNICEF, 2007), and with efforts to develop more comprehensive measures of human progress that go beyond national income statistics.
This is evidenced by the recent 3rd OECD World Forum, held in Korea in 2009, at which one of the main themes was new measures of social progress that go beyond GDP, including indicators of happiness, life satisfaction, mental health, subjective wellbeing, and social and emotional wellbeing.
The report on the ‘Conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people, and policy implications’ is available athttp://www.aracy.org.au/cmsdocuments/SEWB%2007_071%20(2).pdf.