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What makes a good childhood?

The UK's first independent report into what makes for a positive experience of growing up is launched today.

'A Good Childhood' is the completion of the two-year inquiry, commissioned by The Children's Society.

To mark the launch of the report, BBC News speaks to three youngsters to get their thoughts on what it is like to grow up in Britain today.

SEAN, 18
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18-year-old Sean Crannige from Hartlepool talks about his childhood

MUNAWAR, 11
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11-year-old Munawar from London on the importance of respecting elders

DAN, 8
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Eight-year-old Dan Clarke explains why he likes helping other people



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