The life chances and wellbeing of young people are shaped by factors well beyond their immediate home and family life. The communities and neighbourhoods we grow up in play a big part in our development and health, and the quality of life we enjoy – or endure.
A major study launched this week will see researchers working with communities to build the “big picture” of factors impacting children’s health. This work, funded by a major Medical Research Council grant will investigate what external factors influence our health and wellbeing so we can act early to better support healthy childhoods.
Professor John Wright, who will be leading the study gives the background to this research and what it aims to achieve in a new blog