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.

Why we need to rebalance children’s services spending to invest in a healthier future

28 October 2019

A shift in spend towards reactive children’s services means the wide-reaching benefits of prevention are being lost, argues Nadya Mihaylova.

Government urged to overhaul housing, transport and education policies to secure a healthy society

Press release
16 October 2019

New report from the Health Foundation finds young people’s future health at risk

Policy recommendations for young people's future health

15 October 2019

Read about the nine expert organisations selected to provide a deep dive into seven key policy areas affecting young people's future health.

How many young people are accruing the assets they need for a healthy transition into adulthood?

Working paper
October 2019

This working paper uses longitudinal datasets to explore how many young people are accumulating the key asset for future health – including a place to call home, secure and rewarding work, and support...

Acting on the evidence to empower young people with asthma

Newsletter feature
26 September 2019

Dr Mosler's project developed a theatre workshop, transforming awareness and attitudes about asthma among young people.

If young people can’t afford to move to UK cities for work, that’s a health issue

18 September 2019

Young people face an impossible choice between either quality housing or good work. Jo Bibby explains the ramifications of this choice, and what needs to be considered when developing housing policy.

Preparing young people for tomorrow’s workplace is key to a healthy future

11 September 2019

Jo Bibby explores why investing in the future of young people needs to be at the heart of public policy.

Stress in childhood and over the life course – our bodies pay the price

15 August 2019

Research shows socioeconomic disadvantage during youth can have lasting physiological consequences. Liz Cairncross lays out the evidence and effects.

Allostatic load

Working paper
August 2019

This paper provides an overview of the evidence on the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage in young people and how this contributes to a build up of allostatic load in the brain, potentially causing ...

Creating positive neighbourhoods in which young people can thrive

Press release
25 July 2019

The Health Foundation response to ONS data on how young people feel they belong in their neighbourhoods.

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