Effects of indoor air quality on children and young people’s health - research project

We are undertaking this project to produce an evidence-based report on the impact of indoor air pollution on children and young people’s health in the UK.

This follows on from the publication of Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution, a 2016 report by the RCP and RCPCH, which examined the impact of exposure to air pollution across the course of a lifetime.

A working group has been established to drive the development of the project, with the ultimate aim to raise awareness of the issues affecting the health of children and young people exposed to indoor air pollution, generated both outdoors and indoors, and develop evidence-based solutions.

The first stage began in April 2018, with a systematic review of the literature regarding the health effects of indoor air pollution on infants, children and young people. The systematic review will provide us with evidence to develop recommendations where possible, and identify areas where further research is needed. You can download further information about the systematic review below.

The second stage began in October 2018. This stage involves carrying out a wider call for evidence from stakeholders, including engagement with children and young people, regarding indoor air quality. If you would like any further information please email the project team at iaq@rcpch.ac.uk.