Hot Topics in Child Health: Poverty and Child Health - views from the frontline

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25 October 2017
8.30am - 5.15pm
Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
Spaces available

Earlier this year the RCPCH and Child Poverty Action Group launched a joint report examining the links between poverty and child health. The report, which analysed survey responses from over 250 RCPCH members, found that more than two-thirds of paediatricians surveyed said poverty and low income contribute ‘very much’ to the ill health of children they work with.

This statistic, though alarming, is in line with the key finding from the RCPCH’s landmark State of Child Health report, which revealed that children from the UK’s most disadvantaged areas have much worse health outcomes compared with their more affluent peers. 

This event will bring together professionals from across the health, education, childcare and social welfare sectors to discuss the impacts of poverty and share best practice approaches to tackling it, from grassroots level in local communities all the way up to policy development and implementation in Whitehall.

Attendees will hear from experts in the field and take part in dynamic workshops which will cover some of the key issues faced by children living in poverty, including housing problems, food insecurity, financial stress and worry.

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Speakers already confirmed

  • Dr Kitty Stewart (Keynote), Associate Director of CASE and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics
  • Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Faculty Research Fellow, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Consultant in children's public health medicine and Director of the Evelina London Child Health Partnership
  • Rob Young, Vice President (Society and Citizenship), National Union of Students
  • Professor David Taylor-Robinson, Professor of Public Health and Policy, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool
  • Charley Gibbons, Director of Strategy and Communication, Orbit

Organising Committee

  • Dr Dougal Hargreaves, Research fellow at UCL Institute of Child Health
  • Dr Joia de Sa, British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health
  • Imran Hussain, Director of Policy, Rights & Advocacy, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Jim Minton, Chief Executive, Toynbee Hall


Student £70
RCPCH Member £145
Charity £160
Non-Member £200 

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The RCPCH has approved this activity for CPD in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.

Objectives & learning outcomes
  • To raise awareness for the links between poverty and poor child health outcomes
  • To generate discussion about the impacts of poverty on the health and wellbeing of infants, children, young people and their families
  • To share best practice approaches to tackling child poverty and its devastating effects
  • To identify potential shared campaigning areas for future work

Subjects covered include:

  • Views from the frontline – personal perspectives from young people
  • What does Poverty mean and how do we measure it?
  • Poverty as a pressure on the health system
  • Poverty proofing the school day
  • Food insecurity
  • Supporting homeless young people
  • Working rights
  • Community approaches
  • The trends in poverty and poor health
  • Government priorities