Every child has the right to excellent health and healthcare. However, children’s health services continue to be the ‘cinderella’ in an NHS working with an ageing population and the underfunding of social care support. Many children with complex health needs do not receive coordinated support, care close to home or a smooth transition to adult services. Health inequalities persist, with poor children and those in care more likely to suffer from 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 health decision-making, and we pioneer new ways of working to promote healthy lifestyles and improve health services.