Russia’s Child Welfare Index based on UNESCO methodology

53% of children are sure that adults listen to them – a study measuring the index of child well-being

Almost 132,000 children and 115,000 parents from eight pilot regions participated in the study.


The Child Welfare Index is based on UNICEF methodology. The answers of children and parents, as well as statistics are taken into account. This makes the index an objective system tool for assessing the real state of affairs, the researchers say.

“Based on the indicators of the index, the authorities will be able to make more balanced and informed decisions for the delivery of social services for children, while funds and the sector will be able to plan programmes to support children and families with children, and evaluate their effectiveness,” says Ksenia Frank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Timchenko Foundation.

Research results:

Bullying in schools is reported by 40% of parents and 70% of children. On average across all regions, 10.1% of children experience bullying at school. 66% of children feel safe on the street.

Only 53% of children believe that adults listen to them. 14.4% say they don’t know any adults they can trust. About 14% answer that they do not have close friends with whom they can share secrets. 18.2% say they often or very often feel lonely.

57% of the respondents are interested in their lessons. An average of 28.2% of children in all regions do not attend any supplementary classes. More than 50% do not exercise regularly and only about 10% say this is due to health problems.

You can study the methodology and the study itself in detail on the website.

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