State of Child Health

In January 2017 we put together the first snapshot of infant, children and young people’s health across the UK. Our report covers physical and mental health and some of the main determinants of health, showing where our children are doing well but also where we must improve and how we can achieve this.

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State of Child Health Report 2017

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Over 1000 children, young people and family members took part in sessions, challenge days, projects, consultations and events focused on key topics as outlined in the State of Child Health report.

Their voices, views and emerging themes are covered in this special report looking at poverty, mental health, communication, PSHE (personal, social and health education), LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and children’s rights.

We have carried out a census of paediatricians and child health services every two years since 1999. This report is primarily based on 2015 census, with additional data from the Office of National Statistics and our trainee recruitment processes, with recommended actions to improve the workforce.
The NHS and local councils proposed STPs to meet people's health needs in England. Our analysis reveals problems: they don't recognise a life-course approach, the needs of infants, children and young people nor enough engagement between clinicians and the public.

Community child health (CCH), the largest paediatric sub-specialty, focuses on the care of vulnerable children and families, children with long-term conditions and child public health. Co-authored with British Association for Community Child Health (BACCH), our toolkit is about designing modern, efficient CCH services.

Help us campaign

We are calling on Westminster Government to prioritise and invest in child health now to secure a healthier future for generations to come. We want them to do this by adopting a “child health in all policies” approach. Join us in our campaign by writing to your MP using our template letter, asking them to call on Government to prioritise child health.