Landmark State of Child Health report launches
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has launched a landmark State of Child Health report.
The State of Child Health brings together data for the first time on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provide an “across the board” snapshot of child health a...nd wellbeing in the UK.
Nearly one in five children in the UK is living in poverty and inequality is blighting their lives, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing much worse health compared with the most affluent. In 2015/2016, 40% of children in England’s most deprived areas were overweight or obese, compared to 27% in the most affluent areas.
The Country Trust works with disadvantaged children from some of the poorest areas in towns and cities in England and North Wales. This report highlights why our work is so vital in improving the health and well-being of those experiencing disadvantage including children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
You can read more about the report and its recommendations here