Children and young people: introduction

These webpages primarily signpost to data and information presented elsewhere on the ScotPHO website about children and young people.  

The socio-economic status of parents has an important influence on the context in which children are raised. For example, those children raised in poverty are more likely to develop health problems in the future. The experience children have during their early years influences their subsequent resilience. One particular aspect of the early years is the attachment children make to a parental figure. This attachment is important in developing social skills which facilitates development into adulthood. The second decade is also a critical period which represents the transition from childhood to adulthood. Childhood is, therefore, very important in influencing subsequent health and social outcomes in the population.

These pages cover children and young people up to the age of 24. Our Pregnancy, births and maternity section covers separate issues in relation to maternity, pregnancy and birth.