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Dominic Richardson


Dominic is a Senior Education Specialist at UNICEF, Office of Research - Innocenti where he leads research on issues of equity in education and the relationships between schooling, school outcomes and child well-being. Dominic previously worked with OECD Social Policy Division on child well-being, evaluating family policies, integrating human services, social impact investment, and studies of extreme poverty and vulnerability. Dominic has led or co-authored several reports on comparative child well-being including: How's Life for Children? in OECD's 2015 How's Life?, OECD's Doing Better for Children, and UNICEF Innocenti Report Cards 7, 9 and 14. In 2014, Dominic was the lead researcher on a joint EC OECD project evaluating the content and quality of international surveys of school children in high and middle income countries.
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The rate of bullying among children is a key indicator of children’s well-being and an important marker for comparing global social development: both victims and perpetrators of bullying in childhood suffer across various dimensions, including personal social development, education, and health, with negative effects persisting into adulthood. For policymakers and professionals working with children, high rates of bullying amongst children should raise warning flags regarding child rights’ failings. Moreover, bullying amongst school-aged children highlights existing inefficiencies in the social system, and the potential for incurring future social costs in the communities and schools in which children live their lives. Inevitably, these concerns have contributed to bullying becoming a globally recognized challenge – every region in the world collects information on children’s experiences of bullying. Yet, despite the identification and monitoring of bullying having global appeal, so far, a validated global measure has not been produced. To fill this gap in knowledge, this paper develops a global indicator on bullying amongst children using existing school-based surveys from around the world. The findings of this paper show that bullying is a complex phenomenon that takes multiple forms, and is experienced to widely varying degrees across the world.


Dominic Richardson; Chii Fen Hiu

This synthesis report, ‘Families, Family Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Key Findings’ explores how the role of families, and family policies from around the world, can contribute to meeting the SDG targets. Given the key role families and family policies play in determining social progress, and in view of the national and international focus on meeting the SDGs by 2030, the timing of this publication is opportune. The report summarizes evidence across the six SDGs that cover poverty, health, education, gender equality, youth unemployment, and ending violence. It highlights important issues that policy makers may wish to consider when making future policies work for families, and family policies work for the future. Given the broad scope of the SDG ambitions, a key contribution of this work is to map how the successes of family-focused policies and programmes in one SDG have been successful in contributing to positive outcomes in other SDG goal areas.


League tables apart: Report Card 14 League Table on children and the SDGs (28 Jun 2017)

The League Table presented in UNICEF’s latest Innocenti Report Card 14, Building the Future: Children and the Sustainab ...

Improving school systems from beyond school walls (21 Apr 2017)

No one would disagree that education systems should develop every child’s personal and social skills, and should equip them with the c ...


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