How important are friendships to children and young people?
What are the benefits of having friends? Are there any disadvantages to having friends? What are the effects of being excluded from friendships?
Do all young people have equal opportunities to have friends? If not, what are the reasons for this? What kinds of characteristics are valued by young people in their friends?
What help do adults (parents, adults in schools, adults who help with extra-curricular groups) offer around friendships? How helpful is this help? Is there anything that adults do which contributes to the exclusion of young people from friendships?
Do young people have similar experiences of friendship during school and leisure, or are there differences? What are the reasons for these differences?