Giving Compass' Take:

• Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) published a study that reports the progress and state of child health in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England. 

• How can a report such as this one help donors target specific issue areas in these countries? 

• Read about this family-based care model for children in need. 


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) published a new report that reveals exactly how all four nations — Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland — are getting on in terms of delivering on child health and safety.

The State of Child Health: Two Years On report, published on Wednesday, is essentially a scorecard for each nation — and it shows that some great progress has been made.

But it also contains some stark warnings of the “significant risks on the horizon” that have the potential to reverse progress, including: child poverty, cuts to public health services, the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, and Brexit.

“We are witnessing a hugely welcome shift towards the prioritisation of child health, which is exciting not just for us as paediatricians, but for the health prospects of children today and generations to come,” said Professor Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, in a statement.

  • Scotland
    The Scottish government has been praised for publishing “bold plans” for tackling three of the major barriers to good child health in Scotland — child poverty, obesity, and mental health — throughout 2018, its “Year of Young People.”
  • Wales
    Apparently 2019 could be a “transformative year for child health in Wales, but only if the policies made are delivered and enforced.”
  • Northern Ireland
    A 2-year “political deadlock’ in Northern Ireland — following the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executiye — has unfortunately stalled any “real progress” in child health policy, according to the report.
  • England
    Last year, according to the RCPCH, there was little evidence of progress in England towards the recommendations made in the 2017 report.

Read the full article about child health scorecard by Imogen Calderwood at Global Citizen