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.
These are our current campaigns.
The RCPCH #childhealthmatters campaign aims to secure policy commitments from political parties that will improve the health and lives of children and young people.
Why Children Die
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.
To address this, and as part of our commitment to reduce childhood mortality in the UK, the RCPCH is working with child health experts to review existing data and has developed a series of key policy recommendations to help bring this figure down.
There is growing incidence of vitamin D deficiency amongst the UK population.
To address this, the RCPCH launched a campaign to raise awareness and calls for low-cost vitamin D supplements, fortification of foods and greater knowledge amongst healthcare professionals.
Latest 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.
The College is working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to tackle the problem. By coming together to raise awareness of the health risks linked to obesity, as well as working with other organisations, our campaign aims to influence policy change and improve the health of the UK population.
The RCPCH supports a number of campaigns that are being delivered by other charities, organisations and action groups.
We welcome requests to support campaigns that are relevant to child health and in line with our key priorities.