State of Child Health: Wales – 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 Wales assesses progress made against our State of Child Health policy recommendations. It reveals the encouraging prioritisation of infants, children and young people by Welsh Government.

A promising obesity strategy has recently been published, bans on smoking in public places have been extended to school grounds, playgrounds and NHS grounds, the Minister for Health and Social Services has accepted recommendations to increase breastfeeding rates and minimum unit pricing of alcohol is expected to come into force into the spring. It is clear that child health is high on Welsh Government’s agenda.

However, all this good progress risks reversal if these promising policies are not enforced or enacted in the coming year. Improving and protecting the health of all children in Wales requires clear action and delivery of the exciting work proposed.