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, "Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s", includes proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England - looking at services, choices and conditions.
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.
In 2017 we put together the first snapshot of infant, children and young people’s health in the UK. Our scorecards for each nation assess the progress – or lack thereof – made against the policy recommendations.

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