Good health is an essential foundation for children’s quality of life. Healthy lifestyles, timely access to health services as well as wider social and environmental factors such as good quality housing, active transport, and access to parks and countryside all have key roles to play in supporting healthy childhoods.
Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23
A Government Plan 2020-23 priority is to make Jersey the best place for children and young people to grow up, where children can live healthy lives, enjoying the best mental and physical health and wellbeing possible.
Healthy behaviours (e.g. a balanced diet, regular exercise or avoidance of tobacco and alcohol) established in childhood can last into adulthood and reduce the chances of developing a chronic condition later in life.
While most children enjoy good health, they do need access to regular health care, as well as access to special services when acute or chronic conditions occur. Children grow and develop at rapid rates, placing them at particular risk of being affected by illness and injury. If health problems are not identified and treated, they can affect a child's cognitive, physical, behavioral, and emotional development.