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State of Child Health &Us: Two years on

The RCPCH State of Child Health (2017) is our snapshot of infant, children and young people’s health across the UK, physical and mental, as well as the determinants of health.

In 2016, over 300 children, young people and families took part in sessions looking at issues and challenges faced by children and young people that stop them from staying happy, healthy and well. These views were shared in the 2017 The State of Child Health report, highlighting 4 areas of importance for under 25s – poverty, communication between children and young people and their healthcare workers, mental health and having high quality PSHE (personal, social and health education) in schools.

As part of the State of Child Health – One Year On report launched in 2018, children, young people and families shared their views, comments and project ideas on the 2017 four topic areas, as well as noting emerging topics including LGBT+ health and increasing awareness of children’s rights with healthcare professionals.

This latest State of Child Health – Two Years On report for 2019 looks at these topics plus new areas of interest for the RCPCH &Us Network for children, young people and family members – Youth Friendly Services and Hidden Health Needs. This report shares their views on these topics, their suggestions and projects to support change led by children, young people and families supported by RCPCH.