Local Area

  • Gwyther Rees
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 18)


This chapter explores children’s views about the local area or neighbourhood where they live. The area near a child’s home can be an important environment for leisure activities and for socialising with friends. The survey asked children about their overall satisfaction with their local area and also some more specific questions about local facilities, local people and about feelings of safety in the local area. The chapter looks at variations between countries in children’s evaluations of the area in general and of these three aspects of facilities, people and safety; and also at variations within countries according to children’s age and gender. It also presents analysis about how strongly each of these three aspects relate to children’s overall satisfaction with their local area and how these patterns vary between countries. The chapter paints a picture of considerable diversity in children’s experiences of this aspect of their lives which require a deeper understanding rooted in the context in each country. Finally, there is a brief discussion of some published analysis from the survey that compares children’s views of the local area in urban and rural locations in four countries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwyther Rees
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  1. 1.Social Policy Research UnitUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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