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.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)'s green paper in 2019, "Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s", included proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England - looking at services, choices and conditions.
We responded to the consultation on this green paper. We were supportive of many of the Government's ambitious plans, but noted the need for sufficient funding and cross-government focus on improving the social conditions in which people are born and live.
Before the prevention green paper was published, we set out our priorities and policy recommendations - from tackling inequalities to investing in the workforce, and a moratorium on public health funding cuts.

Our landmark report, refreshed in March 2020, into the health and wellbeing of children and young people looks at the evidence on child health outcomes and data trends across the UK.

One of our key priorities is around prevention and early intervention.

Health promotion in clinical practice

RCPCH Progress is our curriculum for paediatric training. One of its domains looks at how to recognise and optimise everyday opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness. Dr Max Davie, Consultant Paediatrician and RCPCH Officer for Health Promotion, explains more.

News about public health and prevention