Child health inequalities have a huge impact upon life chances. For this reason, giving every child the best start in life was the highest priority recommendation of the Marmot Review.
Yet high child poverty and inequality in London means the health health and wellbeing gap in the capital is significant. London has the highest regional rates of childhood obesity in the country but the number of obese 11 year olds ranges is as high as 26% in Southwark. Poor housing conditions, including mould and damp, excess cold, and overcrowding, impact upon children’s physical and mental health, but 30% of private rented homes in London fall beneath the Decent Homes Standard, and Newham has a shockingly high overcrowding rate at 25% of households. 328,000 school children are exposed to unhealthy levels of NO2 pollution, with pupils in Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Camden most at risk. Access to safe play and actives space, and to health and wellbeing services, varies considerably across the capital.
TACKLING CHILD HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN LONDON is the twenty-eighth of 4in10’s Good Practice Workshops. The workshop will bring together members of the 4in10 network with academics, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss how the voluntary sector, statutory sector, and the new Mayor can address issues around child health inequalities in London.
Seminar start 10.00
Seminar close 12.30
There will be a networking lunch provided until 13.00
The workshop will be an opportunity to:
- Hear about child health inequalities in the capital and London-specific challenges
- Understand how child health inequalities impact on life chances
- Hear about current government policy to tackle child health inequalities
- Learn how local authorities are developing innovative solutions to tackle health inequalities
We want to explore:
- What are the London specific challenges and opportunities for tackling child health inequalities in the capital?
- What are the key policy asks to the GLA, the new Mayor, and local authorities to address child health inequalities in London?
- What solutions can help us to address London’s child health and wellbeing gap in the short-term and the long-term?
- Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy, Haringey Director of Public Health
- Paul Hocker, Development Director at London Play
- Jabeer Butt, Deputy CEO at Race Equality Foundation