Research and analysis

The Children's Happiness Scale

Scale and data for children in care, receiving social-care support, and living away from home in boarding or other residential schools or colleges.



The children’s happiness scale is based on children’s views and judgements. Children made 100 statements about feeling happy or unhappy. Then children and young people used a rating scale to judge how happy or unhappy they thought a child saying each of the statements would be. This led to 20 statements being chosen to make the scale.