All children have a right to high quality healthcare which meets their needs and supports them to live their lives to the full.
This doesn’t always happen. Children’s health services are rarely a priority for an NHS struggling with an ageing population in a time of austerity. All this despite new research showing that the numbers of children with complex needs have risen by 50% over the past ten years and that more than 40,000 children with learning disabilities or autism were waiting to see a mental health specialist in 2016. Other groups of children such as those who are poor or in care are more vulnerable to physical and mental health problems.
NCB wants every child to have a healthy and happy childhood. We work with health leaders to ensure children – and their views – are at the heart of decision-making in health, and we pioneer new ways of working to promote healthy lifestyles and improve health services.
How do we do this?
Much of what we do is about supporting the health system and colleagues within it to understand how best to support children and young people to live happy, healthy lives. We work on issues that affect children across the full health agenda from promoting public health needs through to working with clinical colleagues providing highly specialised services to children with the most complex health needs.