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 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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Climate change

Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change. Through our Climate Change Working Group we are looking at what the College and our members can do to play our part in combating climate change for the future benefit of children and young people.
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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.
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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.
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Winter planning

Services for children and young people face challenges, and particularly each winter. With our guidance, position statements and case studies, we support members to make a compelling and evidence-based case for children's healthcare.
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Your wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

It is so important to take care of yourself as a healthcare professional. College members across the UK recommend some useful wellbeing resources to support you.