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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Brexit and child health

A new UK-EU trade and cooperation deal was agreed on 24 December 2020. Take a look at what this means for child health and our members.
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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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NHS Long Term Plan

In January 2019, the Government published a vision for the future of the NHS in England, with ambitions for the next 10 years. They've since published the People Plan 2020/21. We present our own vision for child health and paediatrics, and look at integrated care.
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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.
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Scottish Parliament election 2021

The landscape in which the polls will take place for the next mandate is like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As paediatricians we call on the incoming Scottish Government to make child health and wellbeing a national priority.