Improving Child Health

The College is committed to improving the health of children everywhere by supporting members and policymakers to build on evidence-based practice.

Our current priorities are making the NHS a better place for children and young people, child mortality, public health and child protection.

We support these through programmes in research and surveilliance, clinical and service standards, quality improvement, clinical audit and policy. We involve children, young people and families in all of our work.

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Child mortality

Working with child health experts, we have developed policy recommendations to tackle premature mortality in the UK.

S.A.F.E Programme – Situation Awareness for Everyone

A two-year programme led by the RCPCH to develop and trial a suite of quality improvement techniques.


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Children's medicines

Projects and guidance on paediatric medicines, plus the Medicines for Children resource for parents and carers

UK-WHO growth charts, 0-18 years

Suite of growth charts for all uses from health surveillance to detailed monitoring of children with health problems

Research and surveillance

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Research opportunities

Find out about the latest child health research opportunities, grants and calls for topics

British Paediatric Surveillance Unit

Enabling doctors and researchers to find out how many children are affected by particular rare diseases