Wellbeing

Wellbeing is about how things are going for children and young people in their lives.

Getting it right for every child uses eight words that describe what it looks like when things are going well. The idea is to make sure that in these eight words we cover every part of a young person’s life, rather than just focusing on one or two things.

Wellbeing story

 

Wellbeing wheel

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Safe

Of the eight words we use to describe wellbeing, 'safe' is probably the most important.
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Healthy

It's not just about eating more fruit!
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Achieving

Even the smallest thing can be a big achievement.
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Nurtured

Everybody should feel nurtured - encouraged and cared for.
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Active

What's your potential?
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Respected

You have the right to be respected.
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Responsible

Who's responsible for your wellbeing?
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Included

Don't feel left out!
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Different for everyone

"The eight words will mean different things for everybody. Achieving might be big, like winning the Olympics, or it might be getting up at the right time and getting to school."

By encouraging everyone to think about wellbeing using these words, the idea is that young people, parents, carers, teachers and other people like health workers or sometimes social workers can see where there might be concerns, and find ways to help get a child or young person back on track.

Head teachers – or guidance teachers – who will have an important role to play in getting it right for every child, sometimes use a ‘wellbeing wheel’ to help them discuss any concerns with the young person (and perhaps their family as well). It helps make sure nothing gets overlooked or forgotten about.

"A person’s wellbeing is an important part of their lives. If you can try your best to stay safe, active, healthy and be responsible for your own actions you will be well on your way to achieving your own wellbeing."
(Rebecca)

"Growing up has its ups and downs but without those we wouldn’t be who we are today."
(Dionne)

"Without the thought of achieving anything in my life I would feel really down. You only get one life; life is short so why not make the most of it?"
(Emily)