Developing well

Children and young people are at the centre of Liverpool’s future sustainability.  Understanding the importance of key transition points where significant changes occur, such as moving from primary to secondary school, is important in developing policies and interventions that effectively improve health in early years, and give children the best start in life.

Key facts:

  • A third of Liverpool children are defined as living in poverty compared with a fifth nationally.
  • Almost a third of 5 year olds have one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth.
  • Some 4 out of 10 Liverpool children in Year 6 are overweight or obese which was significantly higher than the England rate of 34%.
  • Liverpool’s HPV vaccination coverage for females aged 12-13 years of 95% is one of the highest rates in the country and significantly higher than the national rate of 87%.
  • Liverpool’s rate of children who were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents is more than twice the national rate.
  • In 2015 Liverpool’s under 18 years conception rate was 32 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17 years which was significantly higher than the 21 per 1,000 reported nationally.
  • Some 970 (6.3%) of our 16-18 year olds are not in education, employment or training, compared with 4.2% in England.
  • Results from the national WAY survey reported that Liverpool 15 year olds were significantly less likely to smoke, less likely to be regular drinkers of alcohol, and less likely to have been victims of bullying when compared to national averages.
  • However, Liverpool 15 years olds were also significantly less likely to eat 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day, more likely to have higher sedentary levels, more likely to have tried cannabis, and have a low life satisfaction score than reported nationally.

Detailed needs assessments

The following health needs assessments have been published in relation to children and young people:

Liverpool information

Public Health England profiles