Children and Young People

Children and young people can experience many challenges in life that affect thier health​ and wellbeing for example, achievements at school, homelife, or relationships.

The adoption of behaviours in adolescence can also impact behaviours as an adult either in a positive or negative way, and as such it is important our children and young people have as many opportunities that support positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

The current context for Health and Wellbeing for children and young people in Scotland is 'Getting it Right for Every Child' This incorporates health and wellbeing indicators that give a common understanding for everyone involved in childen and young people's lives in Scotland. The indicators are: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Included often refered to as SHANARRI.

Health Promotion approaches can help to support and encourage children and young people to have an outlook that is positive for their health and wellbeing.

The Health Promotion Service aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people by:

  • Working closely with partners to reduce health inequalities and improve the health for all children and young people in Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Support training and workfoce development for individuals and organisations who work with children and young people e.g. Mental Health First Aid:Young People
  • Seek to influence policy and strategies that reduce health inequalities and support positive health and wellbeing for children and young people.



Last Reviewed: 15/07/2016