Children and young people

Early years and childhood are a crucial period in life as they a strong potential of shaping future health and wellbeing. Wider determinants such as economic hardship, access to quality education and community services as well as health behaviours shaped during early years and childhood can have a significant impact on life expectancy, premature mortality and onset of long-term and other serious health conditions.

Nearly a quarter of Hackney residents are under the age of 18, according to 2020-based Office for National Statistics estimates. The number is lower in the City of London, at around 17% of population. Some of the communities in both boroughs experience significant deprivation, including income deprivation with around 25% of Hackney and 4% of City of London residents under 16 living in low income families.

Children and young people between the ages of five and 19 years of age spend a large proportion of their time in schools. A wealth of evidence has demonstrated that their is a strong link between children’s health status and their capacity to learn. Creating positive and healthy school environments can therefore have significant benefits in improving health, wellbeing and academic achievement, and reducing inequalities.

Below you can find a number of documents identifying the health and wellbeing of our children and young people. Please note that this list will be updated when new information becomes available.