State of child health: Scotland - 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, Wales and Scotland show whether progress has been made on each of our recommendations.

Child health in Scotland ranks among the worse in Western Europe, and the disparity between children living in the most and least affluent communities is unacceptably wide.

This year, 2018, is the ‘Year of Young People’ and there is heartening evidence that the child health and wellbeing agenda is moving forward. At the end of 2017 the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament, providing a positive first step towards reducing child poverty. 

A child perspective must be central to all Government policies because the health and wellbeing of infants, children and young people requires action across every level of society.