All healthcare professionals have the potential to improve the quality of child health and support healthy, creative, educated and resilient children today, to be the productive adults of the future.
There are some practical ways doctors can promote positive outcomes for children and young people's health and wellbeing within a healthcare setting, as well as within the local community.
Reflect our mission statement
The BMA is serious about children and young people and we strive to place them at the heart of our initiatives – Think adult, think child.
Involve children in your decision-making
Children have a relevant voice and views on medical practices (e.g. GP practices, paediatrics, patient care, end of life care etc.)
Think of them within a 'life course' approach to policies and practices, from foetal development to adolescence.
Make them matter
Consider the needs of children and young people in your workplace and if you're a BMA committee member, in all relevant discussions and decisions.
Champion child health
Be a child health 'champion' for your committee, workplace or within another forum, and ask: "what does this mean for children?".
Develop meaningful partnerships across agencies and sectors at local, as well as regional and national levels.