Young people's future health inquiry

A first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build an understanding of the influences affecting the future health of young people


Between the ages of 12 to 24 young people go through life-defining experiences and changes. 

Most will aim to move through education into employment, become independent and leave home. This is also a time for forging key relationships and lifelong connections. 

Today’s young people face opportunities and challenges that are very different to those experienced by their parents and carers, and from those they imagined themselves to be facing. This matters because these building blocks – a place to call home, secure and rewarding work, and supportive relationships– are the foundations of a healthy life.

The Young people's future health inquiry is a first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build an understanding of the influences affecting the future health of young people. If you’d like to receive news and updates from the inquiry by email, sign up below.

Latest reports

Learning report

Listening to our future

Listening to our future is the first report in the Health Foundation's Young people's future health inquiry.

Learning report

A place to grow

The second report in the Health Foundation’s Young people’s future health inquiry, exploring site visits to five locations ar...


Watch: Young people's future health inquiry

Watch our animation to find out what building blocks are needed for a healthy future.

Recent features

Newsletter feature

Four vital assets that contribute to a healthy future

As part of our Young People’s Future Health Inquiry, we spoke to young people (aged 22-26) from across the UK to discover the...


A changing society is putting the future health of the next generation at risk

Experiences between the ages of 12 and 24 play a crucial role in determining young people’s health and wellbeing in the long ...

Newsletter feature

What was it like growing up in North Ayrshire?

Zoe is one of the young people who helped with our the research inquiry in North Ayrshire. She talks about some of the key is...


Seeing the world through a young person’s eyes

Jo Bibby explains how our Young People's Future Health Inquiry helped us gain a deeper understanding of some of the common ch...

Our research programme

Find out more about our funding programme aiming to build an understanding of the future health prospects of young people.

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Further reading

Working paper

The social determinants of young people’s health

This paper provides an overview of evidence on the social determinants of young people’s health

Working paper

Young people’s suggestions for the assets needed in the transition to adulthood

This paper presents an overview on if the research literature has paid as much attention to the transition to adulthood compa...

Consultation response

Mental health and young people

Our response to children and young people's mental health green paper consultation.

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