The United States scored last, or second-to-last in the UNICEF 2017 report on children’s rights and well-being among the 12 countries in this comparison.

Child Welfare 1

GreenRanked first for statistic
RedRanked last for statistic
 UNICEF 2017
No PovertyZero HungerGood Health and Well-BeingQuality EducationChild income poverty
United Kingdom1634152012.1
United States3336363223.1



Country performance across nine child-relevant goals, pg. 10.

No Poverty

Rank of average country performance across three indicators: child income poverty (0 – 17 years of age), multidimensional poverty (1 – 15 years) and effectiveness of social transfers (0 – 17 years).

Zero Hunger

Rank of average country performance across two indicators: food insecurity (0 – 14 years of age), rates of overweight and obese children (11 – 15 years).

Good Health and Well-being

Rank of average country performance across five indicators: neonatal mortality (< 4 weeks of age), suicide rates (0 – 19 years), mental health symptoms (11 – 15 years), drunkenness (11 – 15 years) and teenage fertility rates (15 – 19 years).

Quality Education

Rank of average country performance across two indicators: rates of children achieving baseline learning proficiency (15 years of age) and participation rates in the preschool year (age 3 – 6).

Child income poverty

Report Card 10: Measuring Child Poverty (2012)
Index of Health and Social Problems Rankings
Income inequality after taxes ranking


“School Shootings Spark Everyday Worries: Parent and Child Trends Survey 2018”

September 18, 2018.
Children’s Defense Fund. According to a survey conducted by YouGov, fear of a school shooting is the second top worry for 6 – 17 year old children. Over a third of children report not feeling safe in their neighborhood. Four in ten children do not feel safe in school.

Four times as many children agree than disagree that guns are too easy to get in America (53 percent to 14 percent) and more than three times as many parents agree than disagree (71 percent to 20 percent). Black children and parents were more likely to agree with this statement. 70 percent of Black children and 85 percent of Black parents agree it is too easy to get a gun in America.