But first... here is what children and young people told us what mattered to them
The RCPCH & Us® network consulted 326 children and young people across the UK
Children and young people want to be involved in the discussions and decisions that affect their health.
Children and young people shared concerns that adults working in children’s health services do not always communicate effectively and appropriately with them.
Children and young people suggested that PSHE sessions could be better used.
They could be a conduit for health literacy, and suggested using school projects, drama, visualisations, videos, social media and apps to communicate key messages, rather than lectures, leaflets or written guidance.
Mental health was highlighted as a major area of concern for children and young people.
Particularly issues around self-esteem and self-confidence (on a personal level and within relationships), lack of support in both primary and secondary schools and the need to reduce waiting times for mental health services.
Poverty was highlighted in many of the discussions, although often not explicitly talked about as ‘poverty’.
Within discussions on nutrition and diet, many were concerned about the ability to plan, budget and manage healthy food choices, with fears over not being able to ‘afford’ to eat healthily.