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Feeling safe


Feeling safe is about the environments our children and young people are growing in. This indicator looks at the proportion of children and young people (aged 12-18 years) who feel safe (at school, at home, at work, online, in the community, where they live).

During the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, adults talked a lot about children and young people needing safe environments and welcoming spaces to grow, learn and play in together and as individuals.

Feeling safe was often talked about in the context of protection from harm, victimisation and bullying or abuse, but children and young people also said that safety meant being safe to express their individuality without fear of judgment, rejection or harassment.

Feeling subjectively safe is important for children and young people not just in our homes, but also at school and in community spaces and when playing and participating in social and recreational activities.

This indicator relates to the 'loved, safe and nurtured' outcome.

How will this be measured?

  • This indicator will be measured from data from the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?', to be conducted in 2021.
  • Over time, we would want to see the number of children and young people feeling safe to increase.
  • Baseline data will be available in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020