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 a toolkit to make a difference. It’s time to #ShiftTheDial
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Our position - the evidence and policy recommendations for UK

Health inequalities are the systematic differences in health outcomes between different groups of babies, children and young people. They are driven by factors such as ethnicity, income, housing and being looked after by local authorities.

Our toolkit - watch the introduction, then click on the links below

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Understand how child poverty is defined in the UK context, including evidence of how it drives health inequalities and affects child health outcomes.
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Many paediatricians may find it difficult to raise questions about poverty with families. We give some tips to make this subject more approachable.
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Quality improvement (QI) can be used to improve NHS services that aim to reduce child health inequalities. Collaboration is key, and we outline factors to consider.
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Prevention is better than cure, and inequalities cannot improve without repairing the inherent problems in society. We offer key principles, plus the data to support your case.
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Almost 1,100 members signed our letters to political leaders across the UK last autumn, and over 100 of you wrote to MPs across the UK calling on them to intervene in Parliament.
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Reducing child health inequalities is a priority for health services in all four nations. We provide a template letter, to which you can add your unique perspective, to help shape better care and outcomes locally.
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Still time to catch up up on our webinar

You can now register to watch our half-day webinar, which took place in mid January, on demand. We explored how paediatricians can support children and families experiencing poverty, design NHS services to address health inequalities and advocate for change in government policy.

"Everyone deserves the world"

RCPCH &Us asked 500 children and young people across the UK what helps them to stay healthy, happy and well. And to think about why some might have things going on that stops this from happening...

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How are child health teams making a difference?

Our case studies demonstrate how teams are addressing child health inequalities in their local areas.

Get inspired by these best practice examples as you develop your own projects.  

Our latest news and blogs on health inequalities