Children and young people Children and young people aged 0-24 years make up 30% of the population – 19.7million in 2017


Ensuring their current and future health is essential for a prosperous and flourishing society, so they need high quality health care services.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

If it takes a village to raise a child, why aren’t we doing more to support parents?

29 October 2021

Anita Mehay and Cara Leavey share their thoughts about the socioeconomic inequalities that can disproportionately affect families from minority ethnic backgrounds, and the recent government announceme...

Webinar: Health in early years – how can we improve opportunities to live a healthy life?

19 October 2021

Join us for this webinar to hear fresh insights – and their implications for policy – from two important new initiatives. Speakers from the ActEarly research consortium and the Maternal and Child Heal...

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A scoping review of the factors that influence families’ ability or capacity to provide young people with emotional support over the transition to adulthood

Journal article
14 October 2021

Mixed methods of scoping the factors that Influence families’ ability or capacity to provide young people with emotional support over the transition to adulthood.

Lifelong learning and levelling up: building blocks for good health

Long read

Why is further education critical to the government’s levelling up agenda? Our analysis explores some challenges and opportunities.

Young people not in education or employment risk missing out on levelling up

Press release
23 September 2021

New analysis by the Health Foundation shows that 16 of the 30 local authorities in England with the largest percentages of young people who do not go on to education, employment or training following ...

Young people say their prospects are dwindling and wellbeing suffering in the wake of the pandemic

Press release
24 August 2021

A survey of young people conducted by the Health Foundation has revealed the extent to which young people feel their employment prospects and mental health have been negatively impacted by the pandemi...

The importance of emotional support for young people's health and wellbeing

15 June 2021

Better understanding is needed of the role that emotional support from families plays in young people’s development. Lucy Brinkley sets the scene for our forthcoming research call.

How are generation COVID-19 experiencing the pandemic?

27 May 2021

The COVID-19 impact inquiry team round up emerging evidence of how the pandemic has affected young people’s education, work and social connections.

Fairer foundations: How has the pandemic affected young people’s mental health?

27 May 2021

This infographic highlights the unequal mental health effects of the pandemic among young people.  

Inside the teen mind: what’s happening to mental health?

22 May 2021

Episode 8. What changes in day-to-day life are affecting the mental health of today’s young people?

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