State of Child Health England Report
The report has been guided by the issues children and young people focuses on the social determinants of health, examining how we as a society create the optimal environment for children to survive and thrive. Across almost every indicator in this report, children from deprived backgrounds have much worse health and wellbeing than other children and young people. Children living in our wealthiest areas have health outcomes that match the best in the world. But the gaps between the rich and the poor are stark, and some of the outcomes amongst our deprived groups are amongst the worst in the developed world.
It is clear that there is no single answer to the question of how the health of infants, children and young people should be improved. Yet the economic case for intervening early and preventing ill health is evident. Early intervention and prevention can reduce and resolve issues before they become more difficult and expensive to treat later in life.