Key topics

What matters most to us as paediatricians, nurses, social workers, parents - and children and young people? We explore the key themes in children's health and wellbeing.
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COVID-19

We continue to look at the risks and impacts of COVID-19 on our members, the wider child health workforce and children and young people. Explore our guidance on paediatric services, staffing and rotas, education and training and for parents, as well as our summaries of the research and presenting cl...
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Breastfeeding

The UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in Europe. We strongly support national policies, practices and legislation that are conducive to breastfeeding, as well as promotion, advice and support to new mothers.
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Child mental health

We must work together to improve children's mental health by putting resources into early intervention and prevention, building resilience, ensuring the children’s workforce as a whole is trained to spot the signs of mental ill health and is equipped to refer and support children. Crucially, this in...
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Child poverty

There are an estimated 4 million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s 30% of all children. Projections indicate that this number may rise to as much as 5 million by the end of the decade, yet national targets to reduce child poverty have been abolished.
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Child protection and safeguarding

As child health professionals, child protection plays a role in everything we do. It is about protecting individual children identified as suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. Safeguarding is a broader issue, and covers how we ensure children grow up in a...
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Leaving the EU

As paediatricians we need to know that children and young people are placed at the centre of Brexit preparedness. We set out our recommendations and provide guidance to our members working through this transition. Following the post-Brexit trade deal, we will consider the impact for child health and...
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NHS Long Term Plan

The Government published this plan on in January 2019, which presents a vision for the future of the NHS in England and includes ambitions for the next 10 years.
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NHS pensions and UK tax legislation

Tackling the issue of pension taxation is one of many steps required to alleviate growing workforce pressures within the NHS - and to help relieve any undue stress among the medical community.
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Nutrition and obesity

One in three children in the UK are obese by age 9. This increase is leading to more cases of type 2 diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure in children. We campaign for politicians to tackle it and help deal with the serious clinical and family consequences.
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Prevention of ill health

Prevention is an integral part of the solution to many of the problems that children face in the UK - from increasing mortality rates, to high prevalence of obesity, to widening social and health inequalities.