UK in Danger of Failing a Generation Says Child Health Study

Posted: March 11th 2020


I think its harder to be a child, in terms of health and opportunity now than at any time in my life. This story is a shocking indictment of where we currently are socially. It tells us:

Rising violence, drug use and mental health problems among young people in England mean society is in danger of “failing a generation”, children’s doctors have said.

English teenagers are increasingly likely to be injured in youth violence and the UK is lagging behind other European countries on measures including infant mortality, according to UK-wide research into the state of child health by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

The numbers of children in poverty, under child protection plans and being “looked after” have increased since its 2017 report, and progress on mental health among five- to 15-year-olds has stalled or reversed.

“It’s not a pretty sight,” said the president of the college, Prof Russell Viner. “On many vital measures we risk lagging behind other European countries. We’re in danger of failing a generation if we don’t turn this situation around. The government has made welcome commitments on childhood obesity and young people’s mental health but we need to see delivery in these and other areas.”