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What measures would you like to see introduced to improve child health and well being?

With austerity and welfare reform disproportionally affecting the health and well being of children – the BMA is highlighting its report 'Growing Up in the UK' at the ARM. The conference will debate suggestions which range from increased funding for parenting classes to investment in child and adolescent mental health services. What measures would you like to see introduced to improve child health and well being?

This issue will be discussed at the 2014 Annual Representative meeting [Motion 245].

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  • Increase funding for education in schools. I heard yesterday from a dietitian, that one of the first things that got cut as a result of budget restraint and efficiency savings, was the prevention budget- going into schools and educating young people about diet and nutrition. So now they're back at firefighting, and costs fir the next generation will escalate. What happened to prevention before cure?

  • In reply to Tyra Mary Smyth:

    Hello, I'm new to BMA communities so please accept my apologies if I am using this feature incorrectly. I am also typing this on the train using my phone, sorry for any typos or spelling errors.

    I agree with Tyra above. Education is so important. At the Medical Student's conference earlier this year a motion was almost unanimously passed asking the BMA to join other groups in lobbying the Government to include mental health education in the National Cirriculum.

    Currently the National Cirriculum mentions education on health only in terms of healthy eating, excercise and sexual health. It fails to include that all important aspect of health that is mental welbeing.

    I'd like to see teaching on mental health in schools, as well as teachers being better equipped to detect students who may need support in this area. By creating opportunities for dialogue on mental health in classrooms, I hope that it would lessen the taboo surrounding mental health disorders. Hopefully the less of the taboo, the more confident children and young people would be in seeking help for themselves, and to openly discuss with their teachers and peers  the issues that they, or those within their families and social circles face.