Children’s loneliness

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its inaugural report on children’s loneliness in England and Great Britain. Analysis is drawn from interviews with children and young people, the Community Life Survey 2016/17 and the Good Childhood Index Survey 2018. Key statistics include: 11.3 per cent of children said they were “often” lonely; 19.5 per cent of children living in a city reported “often” feeling lonely, compared with 5 per cent of those living in rural areas. Recommendations for avoiding loneliness include: joining in sports, clubs and activities; use of social media to maintain connections and develop new ones; purposefully reaching out and talking to people.

Source: ONS  Date: 5 December 2018

Further information: Children’s and young people’s experiences of loneliness: 2018 (PDF)