Our manifesto for the next UK General Election – support children’s health and wellbeing in a changing world (2024)

The next UK General Election is expected to be called by the Prime Minister in 2024 and with political parties already preparing their policy platforms for the campaign period, we need to be prepared. That is why we’ve published our manifesto that calls on political parties to support children’s health and wellbeing in a changing world.

Our manifesto, published September 2023, is framed by a call to political parties to change the “machinery of government” to support better policy making for children and young people. This means:

  • establishing a cabinet level Minister for Children and Young People
  • adopting a child health in all policies approach
  • developing a cross-departmental Child Health and Wellbeing Strategy. 

These calls are underpinned by five pillars each of which include a suite of policy recommendations that we urge political parties to support. These pillars are:

  1. A focus on child health services
  2. Support for the paediatric workforce
  3. Greater ambition on prevention
  4. Ensure every child is protected
  5. Harness the power of data and digital

Over the coming months we will use this manifesto with the aim of influencing politicians, their advisors and party officials in charge of producing each of the main political party manifestos. We’ll work with other organisations and charities wherever our policy calls align and, when the election nears, there will be an opportunity for members to contact their candidates encouraging them to become an advocate for our work if they are elected an MP.