State of Child Health: Scotland – two years on

Our 2017 State of Child Health report revealed alarming health inequalities between the UK’s most disadvantaged children and young people and their more affluent peers. Two years on, our scorecard for Scotland assesses progress made against our State of Child Health policy recommendations. It reveals good work undertaken during 2018’s Year of the Young Person, with bold plans unveiled to address three of the major barriers to good child health in Scotland - child poverty, obesity and mental health.

Scotland’s diet and healthy weight delivery plan and Scotland’s physical activity delivery plan, published in 2018, will help Scotland to tackle childhood obesity and ultimately become a healthier nation for children and young people.

Scottish Government’s Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan outlines welcome actions to reduce relative child poverty to less than 10% by 2030.

And the Better mental health in Scotland delivery plan clearly highlights the momentum for change in Children and Young People’s Mental Health services.

Plans on their own, however, are not enough. If 2018 was a year for developing policy, we want 2019 to be the year for action and implementation to ensure that these welcome policies are translated into actual improvements in child health.