State of Child Health: England - one year on

Our State of Child Health report in January 2017 revealed alarming inequalities in the health and wellbeing across the UK. One year on, our scorecards for England shows that although progress has been made in some areas, in general the picture for infants, children and young people remains largely unchanged.

Government has taken some steps in the right direction. The successful passage of the soft drinks industry levy through Parliament was a landmark moment in the ongoing battle against child obesity.

However, the latest figures show that child poverty in the UK is at its highest level since 2010, 100 out of every 1,000 young people under 19 are likely to have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and 1 in 3 11-year-olds are overweight or obese.