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Charity champions child health

The UK's Child Poverty Action Group has published a briefing entitled Child Wellbeing and Child Poverty drawn from a study comparing child wellbeing in the European Union, Norway and Iceland

The UK's Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has published a briefing entitled Child Wellbeing and Child Poverty drawn from a study comparing child wellbeing in the European Union, Norway and Iceland. The UK comes in 24th place out of 29 countries overall and also 24th in terms of health. 

In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, Kate Green the Chief Executive of CPAG urges him to, "put poorer children centre stage" in the upcoming budget. 

"The damage done by poverty to children's health is clear: through lower average birth weight, higher early life mortality, higher chances of becoming disabled and of accidents…"

The original research, published today in the journal Child Indicators Research, was carried out by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The authors examined 2006 data on health, subjective wellbeing, children's relationships, material resources, behaviour and risk, education,  housing and environment. The Netherlands topped the table overall, with Sweden coming in first place for children's health.

21st April 2009

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