What happens to children not only has effects on their long-term health and wellbeing but also on society as a whole.
Some evidence has shown broad social influences – for example, a neighbourhood in which the child grows up – affects children’s wellbeing but to a lesser degree than individual differences among children. However, studies of child health outcomes are now finding children could be more deeply affected by neighbourhood factors than had been understood previously. The process is two-way. Influenced by their environments, children also affect these environments as they develop.
SHPERU’s work in the area of Healthy Children provides a deeper understanding of how various contexts – family, neighbourhood social and physical environments, schools – play a crucial role in determining the health and development of children.