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Trends in risk behaviours and negative outcomes amongst children and young people

This paper looks at the trends in how a range of risk behaviours and negative outcomes have changed over time for children and young people. It also considers whether new risk behaviours could be emerging.

It is based on desk research by the Cabinet Office Horizon Scanning Programme Team, informed by discussions with academics and colleagues across government.
The geographic coverage of statistics used varies- some cover the UK, others England and Wales only. Sources are referenced and the geographic coverage for each figure is provided.

This paper should be regarded as a brief evidence note, rather than an exhaustive summary of the evidence in this area.

This paper is not a statement of government policy.