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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Child health inequalities

The influence of poverty on children’s health and wellbeing is undeniable. With insight from paediatricians, children and young people, we outline our position on health inequalities to Government, and provide paediatricians with tools to make a difference. It’s time to #ShiftTheDial
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Child mental health

We must work together to improve children's mental health - to put resources into early intervention and prevention, building resilience and ensuring our workforce is trained to spot the signs of mental ill health and equipped to refer and support children.
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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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Climate change

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change. See our position statement, action plan and resources produced with our working group of enthusiastic members and staff - and join us in tackling this issue.
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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.
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Genomics

Genomics has the potential to change our approaches to healthcare. By gathering insight from paediatricians and children and young people, we are developing an ambitious Genomics Programme. The programme aim is to address unmet need across the sector, in order to improve the health of children and y...
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Industrial action in the NHS

Multiple unions are taking industrial action in the NHS, or are formally balloting members on strike action. As a College we are not involved in contracts or pay discussions, and taking industrial action is a personal choice. We offer advice and links for members, including trainees and SAS doctors.
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Northern Ireland Assembly election 2022

Ahead of the election on 5 May, we as paediatricians called on the incoming Assembly to create and embed a child rights-based Health and Social Care system. Our manifesto for child health outlined four key areas for action.
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Nutrition and obesity

One in three children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. 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 for tho...
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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.