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


Latest from the inquiry

The inquiry has revealed that the following factors are putting the UK’s 12-24 year-olds at serious risk of ill health later in life:

  • a fragmented approach to spending and investment in young people across multiple government departments
  • a challenging housing market where more young people are living longer in poor quality, shorter term rental properties and priced out of long term homes
  • a job market where young people struggle for secure rewarding work.

Young people’s needs must be put at the centre of government policy making to secure a healthy society.


A healthy foundation for the future

October 2019

The final report from the Young people's future health inquiry, bringing together all of the...

Press release

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

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

Read about the nine expert organisations selected to provide a deep dive into seven key policy areas...


Learning report

Listening to our future

June 2018

The first report from the Young people's future health inquiry, sharing the learnings from our early...

Learning report

A place to grow

December 2018

The second report from the Young people’s future health inquiry, exploring site visits with young...

Research programme

Our research programme aimed to build an understanding of the future health prospects of young people.

Working paper

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

October 2019

This working paper uses longitudinal datasets to explore how many young people are accumulating the...

Working paper

Allostatic load

August 2019

This paper provides an overview of the evidence on the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage in young...

Working paper

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

March 2019

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

Working paper

The social determinants of young people’s health

June 2018

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



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

10 August 2018

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

Newsletter feature

What was it like growing up in North Ayrshire?

23 November 2018

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


Seeing the world through a young person’s eyes

23 November 2018

Jo Bibby explains how our Young People's Future Health Inquiry helped us gain a deeper understanding...

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