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The next government must invest in our children

Britain’s children are growing up unhealthy, unhappy and unprepared for adult life, according to a report by the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health.

Child survival rates in the UK are among the worst in Europe, and the gap is widening.

These problems are preventable and could be reversed with through public health policy and clinical practice. Britain could be the best place for children to grow up.

The Faculty of Public Health is pleased to support the British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health (BACAPH) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in publishing this second general election briefing in our series, outlining a number of key proposals, including:

  • Investing in parenting support, breast-feeding, and early years play and education
  • A basic minimum income, a triple lock on child benefit, universal affordable child care
  • Renewed and protected investment in public health for children
  • Tax, subsidy, nutritional standards, and marketing rules for a healthy weight strategy.

Read the full BACAPH briefing paper here.

Written: 02/05/2017 , last modified: 02/05/2017

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