Children and Young People

Children and Young People

Children and young people are those aged 0-24 years and constitute just over 30% of the population of Wales.

Vital foundations of adult health are set down in prenatal life and early childhood. Childhood inequalities in physical, mental and emotional health are strongly associated with increased lifetime risk of poor physical and mental health in adulthood.

In terms of preventing ill-health and/or social disadvantage in the long term, the importance of promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children and young people cannot be underestimated. 

Welsh Context 

In Wales, the Welsh Government is fully committed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and has produced seven core aims for children and young people in Wales. The core aims describe the entitlement of children and young people to access educational and health services, and address their right to be listened to and to participate in the decisions that affect them; this includes being given the necessary information to make choices. The core aims should be considered and acted upon when creating or maintaining health services aimed at children and young people.

Play Wales is an independent charity funded by the Welsh Government and work to raise awareness of children and young people’s need and right to play. They provide advice and guidance to support all those who have an interest in, or responsibility for providing for children’s play.

PLAY is a vibrant, lively and exciting short film produced by Play Wales to celebrate children’s play – it can be shared with colleagues and friends to advocate for children’s right to play.


For more videos related to Children and Young People, visit our Sound and Vision page

Within Wales, nearly 3 in 10 children, aged 4-5, are classified as overweight or obese. The prevalence of overweight or obesity in Wales is higher, amongst those in reception year, than England and any English region.
Child measurement programme 2011/2012

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