BACAPH's ambitious aim is to set out a blueprint to meet the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people now and in the future.
To do this, we will confront controversial questions of policy that matter to children and young people; illuminate topics that deserve more attention; and promote research and training towards solving important problems of health and wellbeing.
Our three strategic goals are:
- Policy: To promote the development and implementation of evidence-based child public health programmes nationally and locally.
- Advocacy: To act as advocates in partnership with others on significant issues requiring multi-disciplinary co-ordinated responses, such as health inequality and child poverty.
- Knowledge: To promote research that brings new science to long standing questions, and provide training to help provide the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the diverse and growing challenges in child public health.
Specific areas of BACAPH’s work include:
- Raising the profile of child and adolescent public health both among the general public and within relevant professional group
- Acting as a source of expert opinion on child and adolescent public health issues
- Leading and assisting the development of strong public health policy for families and children
- Identifying topics for child health advocacy and working with partners such as the Faculty of Public Health, the British Association of Community Child Health, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to develop clear guidance
- Working with organisations dedicated to reducing health inequalities, for example, the Institute of Health Equity, the British Medical Association, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
- Supporting the use of evidence in policy making, service planning, commissioning, provision, and regulation
- Promoting research and the creation of a robust evidence base for child and adolescent public health interventions
- Promoting and providing training, development, and education to improve the public health competence of systems relevant to children, young people, and families
- Enabling communication between colleagues working on child and adolescent public health.