Child Safety Media welcomes the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report ‘Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays’ and in particular its focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. As the Chief Medical Officer notes, what happens early in life affects health and wellbeing later and there is a growing business case for improving the lives of children and young people. Of course, most importantly, the report reinforces that children and young people themselves want a greater emphasis on developing resilience and wellbeing in the support they are offered.
The report looks at PSHE education in some detail, noting:
“It is vitally important that all children and young people have access to good quality PSHE in schools that supports their developmental goals and enables them to successfully negotiate health risk behaviours and develop positive personal attributes… PSHE at school is an important part of the way in which schools can contribute to improving resilience and health among children…”
The report goes on to talk about the educational benefits of supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people and describes PSHE education as: “a subject that forms a bridge between health and education by building resilience and wellbeing.”