Rationale: In order to identify and explore local system-wide approaches to reducing inequalities in children and young people’s (CYP) health in England, it is essential to have a rounded understanding of current national policies (one ‘input’ to the system). We also need to understand the issues (e.g. tensions with other ‘inputs’ to the system) that local policy makers and practitioners are navigating to try and implement these policies in a local decision-making context. This research will be framed by a social determinants of health perspective to ensure we identify the full range of policies with the potential to influence child health inequalities.
Aim: Explore the local and national policy context in England for reducing inequalities in the health of children and young people.
We will work with key our CYP programme stakeholders (including policy makers, our SPHR collaborators, and external practice and public collaborators, children young people and families) to:
1. Identify the most significant policy areas that aim to influence local authority work to reduce health inequalities among CYP
2. Identify anticipated pathways through which health inequalities among CYP might be reduced
3. Identify determinants of health inequalities that are marginal or absent in the policy arena
4. Identify key factors affecting the development of local and national policy to reduce health inequalities among CYP
5. Identify key factors affecting the implementation of policy to reduce health inequalities among CYP