Well-Being of Children in Switzerland – Children’s Worlds
At a glance
- Project leader : Dr. Tim Tausendfreund
- Deputy of project leader : Prof. Dr. Thomas Gabriel
- Project team : Ida Ofelia Brink, Silvia Gavez, Samuel Keller, Simone Keller, Daniela Tschümperlin
- Project status : completed
- Funding partner : Foundation (Fondation Botnar), Public sector (excl. federal government) (Kanton Zürich / Amt für Jugend und Berufsberatung)
- Project partner : Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung gfs Zürich, Fondation Botnar
- Contact person : Tim Tausendfreund
Giving children a voice, listening to their concerns and letting
them participate in political, professional and social issues is
not only asserted in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,
but also offers an important orientation for decisions related to
childhood, youth and family.
The international research project Children's Worlds is designed
in this spirit. The third wave of the project took place in 2019
and Switzerland was invited to participate for the first time. For
Switzerland, participation in the third wave of the survey, which
involves research teams from 35 countries, is a great opportunity
to generate knowledge about the needs and circumstances of young
people and to raise public awareness. The research team from
the Institute of Childhood, Youth and Family at the Zurich
University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) has been assigned the Swiss
part of the study, which will be realized with the support of
Fondation Botnar and the Office for Youth and Career Guidance of
the Canton of Zurich.
The aim of the Swiss project is to survey more than 1,500 children aged 8-12 years about their living situation in German-speaking Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino. The project focuses on the concept of well-being. Everyday emotions, such as being happy or sad, play a role, as well as satisfaction with one's own life and various aspects of it. For example, it is asked how one feels in certain places, e. g. school, how satisfied one is with one's friendships, whether one is cared for, whether one is listened to, what freedoms one has and what hopes and expectations there are for the future. The results of the international research project and the research data will be published on the international project website: www.isciweb.org
The ZHAW project is part of a worldwide project initiated and internationally coordinated with the support of the Jacobs Foundation. Children's Worlds has been running since 2011 and has set itself the task of closing research gaps on children's well-being and life situation by interviewing children themselves. By means of a thematically wide-ranging questionnaire, children between the ages of 8 and 12 can provide information on important aspects of their lives. In the first two waves of the survey, more than 95,500 children from over 18 countries took part and completed the same questionnaire in their own languages.
- Information für Schulen (Flyer)
- Information für Eltern (Flyer)
- Information für Kinder, 8-Jahre und Älter (Flyer)
- Information für Teens, 12 Jahre und Älter (Flyer)
- Project Summary - Well-Being of children in Switzerland (English)
- Internationale Projekt Webseite | Children’s Worlds, the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCWeB)
2021(3), pp. 22-24.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-22254
Sozial : Magazin der ZHAW Soziale Arbeit.
(14), pp. 14-15.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-21099
Children’s Worlds 2020, Webinar, 17 November 2020.
Available from: https://youtu.be/iK1VGwCD9Ro?t=1010
ZHAW-Veranstaltungsreihe «Um 6 im Kreis 5», online, 3. November 2020.
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-20181