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

  • Almost 3 in 10 (28%) Liverpool children are defined as living in relative poverty compared with 18% nationally.
  • Almost two-fifths (37%) of 5-year olds have one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth compared to 23% nationally.
  • Some 4 out of 10 Liverpool children in Year 6 are overweight or obese which is significantly higher than the England rate (41.2% compared to 35%).
  • Liverpool’s HPV one-dose vaccination coverage for females aged 12-13 years in 2019/20 was 90% and significantly higher than the national rate of 59%.
  • Liverpool’s rate of children who were killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents in 2016-18 was similar to the national rate (43.5 per 100,00 compared to 42.6 per 100,000).
  • In 2018, Liverpool’s under 18 years conception rate was 26 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17 years which was significantly higher than the 17 per 1,000 reported nationally.
  • Some 800 (8.4%) of our 16-17-year olds are not in education, employment or training, significantly higher than England (5.5%).
  • 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.

View child health profile detailed reports

View 'Child and Maternal Health Profile', Public Health England

Detailed needs assessments

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

Liverpool information

Liverpool City Region

Public Health England profiles