On this page we describe what child and adolescent public health is and how we as public health professionals work towards promoting it.

The purpose of child and adolescent public health is to:

  • Improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
  • Reduce inequities and unacceptable variations in health and care that affect children and families.
  • Use resources wisely and ethically, supporting sustainable development to secure the health and wellbeing of future generations too.

As public health professionals this means our day-to-day work involves working in policy, through advocacy, and by furthering and applying knowledge in the best interests of the children and families we serve.

Here are some examples of the work we do in child and adolescent public health:

  • Promoting children's rights, as articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Protecting children from hazards
  • Helping build resilience in children so they can better thrive and reach their full potential
  • Ensuring that the best available evidence is used for making decisions in policy and in practice
  • Monitoring the health and wellbeing of children and young people so we can ensure that progress is being made
  • Creating knowledge by promoting research and evaluation.
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