The RCPCH strives to lead the way in children’s health, not only by educating and training paediatricians, but by campaigning on key child health issues - such as mental health, child mortality, obesity and child protection - to influence government policy to improve the lives of children across the UK.
Whether it's becoming a spokesperson for the College, helping us lobby politicians across the UK or getting our daily press cuttings by email, find out how you can get involved with our campaigns.
The state of child health
Our State of Child Health report reveals that child health in the UK is in jeopardy due to an alarming gap between rich and poor.
Are you interested in joining our campaigns to improve child wellbeing? Please sign up for updates and let us know how you'd like get involved.
Getting child health on the political agenda
Our #childhealthmatters campaign aims to secure policy commitments from political parties that will improve the health and lives of children and young people.
Reducing childhood mortality
Every year it is estimated that 1,951 additional children– around 5 a day – die in the UK compared to Europe’s best performing country for child mortality, Sweden. We have developed policy recommendations to help reduce childhood mortality in the UK.
Raising awareness of vitamin D deficiency
There is growing incidence of vitamin D deficiency amongst the UK population. We launched a campaign to raise awareness and calls for low-cost vitamin D supplements, fortification of foods and greater knowledge amongst healthcare professionals.
Recent figures show that almost a third of 10-11 year olds and over a fifth of 4-5 year olds are overweight or obese. In adults, 24% of men and 26% of women are classed as obese.
We are working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and other organisations to raise awareness of the health risks linked to obesity and aim to influence policy change on obesity.
The RCPCH supports a number of organisations which campaign on issues relating to children's health. The level of support the College gives to these campaigns are dependent on whether they link to one of the RCPCH's core child health priorities:
- Making a better NHS for children
- Child mortality
- Public health (including obesity)
- Child protection
- Mental health crisis care concordat - Department of Health (DH)
- Action on junk food marketing - British Heart Foundation
- NHS Change Day
- Fresh Start Wales - Ash Wales
- No child born to die - Save the Children
- Standardised cigarette packaging - Smoke Free Action
- Take life on, one step at a time - Scottish Government -
- Specialist services for children with spinal cord injury - Back Up
We welcome requests to support campaigns that are relevant to child health and in line with our key priorities - find out more.
For more information, please contact the Media & Public Affairs team.
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- Phone: 020 7092 6068